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October 31, 2002
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The 'Taming of the Shrew' comes to U' ________

By Sarah Peterson
Daily Arts Writer

When asked what "Taming of the Shrew" is all
about, Taryn Fixel (Kate) explained that it is a play
about being yourself and being heard. In the words
of director Megan Marod, "In our attempt to be cool
we are untrue to ourselves." To Marod, this play is
about overcoming this trap. Fixel
went on to explain Kate as a woman
with a voice she wants to have heard,
but no one will let her speak out. For TAMIN(
this reason, Kate turns to shrewdness SHF
to voice her opinions. It seems that At the Me
Kate is mostly an unkind and bitter The
person, but at the end of the play we
see that she is actually a thoughtful Tomorrow
see at 8
woman looking for acceptance. Sunday
Friday through Sunday, the Rude $8 adults,I
Mechanicals are presenting Shake- +$1 Su
speare's "Taming of the Shrew." The
play features the acting talents of Fixel, Ian
Burkow as Petruchio, Kate Hendricks-Stone as
Bianca, and Edmund Alyn Jones as Christopher
Sly. In the words of Co-producer Sara Grady, "I
think our cast is absolutely amazing."
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While Shakespearian plays are stereotypically
set in the Elizabethan era, in their quest to make
the play more relevant to the audience, the pro-
ducers decided to set the play in Little Italy, N.Y.,
in the early 1950s. The director, Megan Marod,
explained that this was an ideal setting, because
most people have an idea of what Little Italy was
like in the '50s, thus the story will not seem so
detached from reality. Also, at this
point in time, women were still sup-
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ter could not, were a part of everyday
life. The intertwining of the mafia
d Saturday undertones and the Shakespearian
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2 p.m. ideas add depth to the story.
6 students The play itself is a framed tale, or a
harge play within a play. As Megan Marod
pointed out, the frame of this particu-
lar play is normally left out. The story that people
think of when they think of "Taming of the Shrew"
is actually the play within the play. It was decided,
however, that for this production the frame would
add to the play, so it was left in.

It starts off with a drunken man named Christo-
pher Sly being kicked out of a bar. A passing acting
troupe finds him and decides to play with his mind,
making him think that he is a wealthy and important
man. They dress him up as such and then perform a
play for him. The play they perform is the story of
"The Taming of the Shrew."
The plot line of the play within the play is a
story about a girl named Kate. No one likes her
because she is feisty, outspoken and a shrew. She is
not a proper young lady. The conflict of the play
arises when it is time for Kate to get married.
Obviously, no one wants to marry a shrew. Howev-
er, Petruchio wanders by and he thinks that Kate is
a wonderful person. He marries her and makes it
his goal to make Kate love him, or to "tame" her.
He goes about trying to tame her using extremely
non-conventional ways, such as starving her and
depriving her of sleep. Despite everything she is
forced to endure however, in then end, Kate decides
that she truly does love Petruchio.
The story has many more twists, turns and sub-
plots, making it complicated in an enjoyable and
often humorous way. In the words of co-producer
Sara Grady, "I think it is really funny. I can't wait
to see how the audience reacts."

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