Ninety minutes with no intermission is a growing trend in the theatre industry. Playwrights are adapting new plays for an attention-span-challenged world. People want information in tweet size nuggets. Everyone, at all times, is expecting a very important call or text. They can’t be off the grid for any length of time. So, how do you take a classic and shorten it? How do you quickly tame a shrew?
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presentsShort Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. The town is in love with Bianca. She’s pretty. She’s sweet. She’s a prize. The men are smitten. But before some lucky guy can wed her, somebody needs to marry her cursed sister, Katherina. She’s sassy. She’s tough. She’s a bitch. It’s going to take a man with a lot cojones to bed her down. Petruchio just arrived in town. He’s cocky. He’s driven. He’s a match. Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew is a timeless romantic comedy for today’s modern world.
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