A Brutally Honest Critique

Recently, the National Shakespeare Company performed a rendition of


Shakespeare's The taming of the Shrew. The play was humorous and allowed

for easy

interpretation. The comic tone of the play made it a even easier to

follow and all the more fun to


The play incorporates a variety of literary elements, which the Company

did a superb job

defining for the audience during the performance. The play is set in

Padau, Italy where

Luciento, a young gentleman, finds himself heart sick for a young lady

named Bianca. Bianca

has an older sister Kate, who is quite the ill tempered one. Their

father Baptista insists that Kate,

the older daughter, must be married off before he will allow Bianca to

find a suitor. Petruchio, a

gentleman from Verona, arrives in search of both a wife and wealth and

decides that Kate's

wealth is an even trade off for her rash ways. Comedy manifests itself

in the developing plot as

Petruchio attempts to "tame" Kate while Luciento, his servant and

another of suitor of Bianca

dress in disguises and attempt to win over Bianca's heart and her

fathers financial interests.

Clearly the play was well rehearsed and National Shakespeare Company

deserves credit

for their performance. Kate, played by Tracie Merrill, did a

particularly outstanding job.

Her enunciation and honed acting skills truly made the play worth

watching. In addition,

Petruchio played by Erik Singer, did an especially good job. His wit

and charisma

contrasted Kate's character well and really pulled the audience into the


In general, all of the characters seemed well cast and the use of props

was satisfactory.

Overall the play was a good performance. The use of literary

techniques is evident

through an examination of the play. It is clear that plot, theme and

characters provided the

action and the props provided the setting, combining in the deliverance

of a great Shakespearean