Taming of the Shrew
Introduction:
On April 5 at 7:30 p.m. I attended William Shakespeare\'s The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Steve Cardamone. I chose to do this play because I have seen and am a big fan of many Shakespeare plays and wanted to see another. Before the show started I was expecting to see what is expected out of a Shakespearean play, old English dialect and wardrobe. I was expecting to see characters dressed in 1500\'s dresses and robes, using phrases such as "Shall I compare thee to a summers day?" or "To thine own self be true". But once the play started, only one of these Shakespeare stereotypes held true. The actors did talk in the tongue of Shakespeare language, but they definitely didn\'t dress the part. All of the actors were wearing modern attire that you may see people wearing out and about in the 21st century. This was a little weird to get used to at first, but I feel they did it well.
The audience was small, not much more than maybe sixty people. The ages varied from young to old with a few families scattered in. The actors on stage actually engaged a lot with some of the audience members near the front and spent some time acting from off stage, so the audience felt very engaged throughout the duration of the performance.
Themes:
Throughout the play, there was really a good mixture of culture and identity that tied in with the characters. It was easy to tell from the audience\'s standpoint the ways each character acted weather it was nice, mean, caring, selfish, laid back or even drunk. This was shown well through acting because it felt as though each actor really fit well into their role and played it well. This created a good sense of identity in the play, because the way each character was portrayed and acted upon showed what each of their individual motives was and who they were as people. And like I stated earlier, it was easy to tell what kind of person the character being portrayed was.
To go along with the identity, I thought it was cool how they portrayed culture in the play. It was a new twist that I hadn\'t really seen in any performances prior to this one, where they took the language and script of the 1500\'s, and combined it with the wardrobe of modern times. This was something that was a little weird to see at first because the two eras are so different, but as the play progressed, they blended together nicely. There two characters in particular that stood out to me and really did a good job at combining the two cultures into one person. The first was the girl who was dressed in kind of a hipster/nerd type outfit throughout the play. She was a character who was obviously not the type of personality that Shakespeare would have in 1500\'s play, but she interacted well with the other characters on-stage and got a lot of good laughs out of the audience. Another was the old man who wished to woo Bianca along with many others. He was one that I found particularly funny in the play because of the stereotypical old man actions that his character performed. He was another personality that isn\'t what would have been seen in the 1500\'s, but also fit in well with the others in a humorous way.
Concepts:
In this production, there were a lot of metaphors that I saw relating to the social status and personality. I felt as though each character was well represented through what they wore because it really showed who their character is as a person. One of the biggest things that I felt the director wanted to get across to the audience was how a persons happiness is affected by their social positions and how they want to act versus how they are expected to act. The biggest example of this in the play, in my eyes, was through Katherine. She was a daughter born into a high-class family, but was scrutinized because she didn\'t act the part. She was a rebellious girl who was the "Shrew" of the play. I