Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-06-20
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW The Taming of the Shrew
by Mary Shen Barnidge
2017-10-02

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Playwright: William Shakespeare, additional text by Ron West

At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: $48-$88. Runs through: Nov. 12

Yes, it's Shakespeare and, yes, its text includes the male-female repartee we find so sexy, but there's no disguising a plot that revolves around a bunch of men bullying a lone woman. That's not the way we do things nowadays, so how do you make this repugnant behavior funny in 2017?

Barbara Gaines' solution is to frame the offending scenario in a dramatic universe ensuring that we comprehend the folly of its prejudices—in this case, Chicago during the summer of 1919, where the Columbia Women's Club are rehearsing an amateur production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew in competition with their fellow civic sororities for the distinction of having staged the Bard's entire canon.

On the eve of the Columbia Club's triumph, however, not only have torrential rains flooded the basement of their clubhouse, but outside, on Michigan Avenue, a protest rally in support of women's right to vote is in full fever. As the bluestocking matrons doggedly pursue their thespic activities, the commotion in the streets begins to infect the ladies' perceptions of their personae.

To be sure, some of the clubwomen already favor equal suffrage—Mrs. Victoria Van Dyne and Mrs. Fannie Emmanuel, for example, who play the flagrantly sexist Petruchio and Baptista, secure in their feminist convictions. Club chairwoman ( and resident portrayer of privileged Elizabethan males ) Mrs. Mildred Sherman, on the other glove, has instructed her husband to oppose the bill currently undergoing ratification hearings in the state senate and ordered her daughter, cast as the meek Bianca, to comply. Meek Mrs. Louise Harrison initially relishes her role of Katherine for reasons of vanity, but upon hearing herself declared a spouse's "chattel, barn, horse, ox, [his] anything" suddenly unleashes a cry of dissent raising the consciousness of her peers.

Chicago playgoers recalling other all-female and play-within-play versions of "Shrew" know that if these conceits are to be viewed as anything but actorly indulgence, the metaphor must be as immediately apparent as it is airtight. Fortunately, Second City's Ron West has constructed a backstage comedy replete with local references ( e.g., a rival theatrical society housed at 1616 Wells Street ) for an all-star ensemble led by Crystal Lucas-Perry and Alexandra Henrikson and anchored by sturdy precision-timed performances from veteran character divas E. Faye Butler, Hollis Resnick, Heidi Kettenring and Cindy Gold. ( What? Warblers aren't allowed to speak verse, too? )


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Hell in a Handbag cast announced for The Artificial Jungle 2018-06-21 - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2018 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for The Artificial Jungle, the final ...


Gay News

'Queer, Ill + Okay' June 21, 23 2018-06-20 - Program Director Joseph Varisco, of Salonathon and the former Alphawood Gallery, has announced the "Queer, Ill + Okay" summer 2018 program of arts ...


Gay News

MORE ON SULLIVAN Reminiscing about Sullivan's theater 2018-06-20 - When I was 19 years old I was an Equity Apprentice at the Little Theatre-on-the-Square. At that time, being an apprentice was ...


Gay News

Activities in Sullivan, Boutiques, antiques, beaches and more 2018-06-20 - From theatergoers to campers to shoppers, Sullivan caters to tourists. The Little Theatre on the Square is the marquee attraction, but there ...


Gay News

THEATER Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive 2018-06-20 - If a theater survives five years, a theater has reached a major milestone. A decade? That's a relative rarity. Endure for 60 years ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Don't Smoke in Bed 2018-06-20 - Playwright: Aurin Squire At: Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $15-23; ChimeraEnsemble.com. Runs through: July 8 Even in ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW From the Mississippi Delta 2018-06-20 - Playwright: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D. At: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Ctr, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $15; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Wild Women of Planet Wongo 2018-06-20 - Playwright: Dave Ogrin ( producer/music/lyrics ), Ben Budick ( lyrics ) and Steve Mackes ( book/lyrics ) At: the Basement Chopin Theatre, ...


Gay News

Critics' Picks 2018-06-20 - The Opportunities of Extinction, Broken Nose Theatre at the Den, through June 30, A smart low-key trio of actors lend a glimmer of ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Guards of the Taj 2018-06-20 - Playwright: Rajiv Joseph At: Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$94. Runs through: July 22 Legend has it that after ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.