"Short Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew" (Chicago Shakes): Rockwell Crushes It!


Petrucio (Matt Mueller) arrives for his wedding to Katharina (Ericka Ratcliff) dressed in peculiar attire, to the shock and amazement of Baptista Minola (Don Forston, second from right) and Bianca (Tiffany Yvonne Cox, far right), in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, adapted and directed by Rachel Rockwell

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?

Matt Mueller as Petruchio and Ericka Ratcliff as Katherina in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, directed and adapted by Rachel Rockwell. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)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.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theatre Beat.

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