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Modern day “The Taming of the Shrew”

September 13th, 2012
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If you’re like me, it might just be possible that you never read The Taming of the Shrew in school. But never fear, we put together a handy reference guide to get you up to speed.

Meet Petruchio and Kate (the shrew) from the Ballet Austin version. Their relationship is a tad bit rocky at first…

Petruchio has promised to marry Kate, the shrew, and take her off her father’s hands. Would you take this woman? Let the taming begin.

Movies more your thing? Maybe you’ve seen one of these modern versions:

10 Things I Hate About You:

Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this version takes place in a modern day high school. As for the unusual title? It’s taken from a poem Kat (Julia Stiles) writes to describe her relationship with (Patrick) Heath Ledger in the movie.

Kiss Me, Kate:

The 1948, Tony award-winning musical features music by Cole Porter and provides a whole different style to the story. The original production starred Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang.

Prefer the classics?

This 1967 version of The Taming of the Shrew features Elizabeth Taylor as the Shrew and is not to be missed.

All images courtesy of IMDB.

 

Ballet Austin’s version of The Taming of the Shrew opens Oct 5-7 at the Long Center. Tickets still available.

 

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