(Posted 9:30 p.m., May 3)
tackle Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’
By Fred Sherwin
played by Evelyne ORourke, gets carried off by her new husband, Petruchio,
played by Brendon Miller, during the OYP production of The Taming
of the Shrew. Fred Sherwin/Photo
several years since various people started sanitizing and satirizing a whole
list of popular nursery rhymes and fairy tales by producing politically
correct versions of the original text. One can only assume that it is only
a matter of time before someone else starts tackling Shakespeare whose plays
rate well down on the scale of political correctness.
Taking the Taming
of the Shrew, for instance. A play about a man who forces his untamed
wife to be obedient through a whole series of deprivations and mind games.
long derided The Shrew for portraying women as subservient to
their male partners.
a sense of humour, the plays critics also lack a sense of sarcasm
because the underlying message of the play is that it is the man who is
usually tamed by marriage and not the woman, but I digress.
The Orleans Young
Players Shakespeare Class put its own unique twist on The
Shrew during a pair of performances Sunday and Monday night at the
Orleans Theatre with entertaining results.
The two main
characters in the play are Katharine, the headstrong daughter of Senora
Baptista, and Petruchio, a wealthy merchant, bent on taming her and claiming
her substantial dowry.
In a side plot,
three other characters try to woo Katharines younger and more amiable
sister Bianca. In the end, she chooses to marry Lucentio, the wealthiest
man in Pisa.
Among the performances
Sameer Ratti was superb as the elderly Gremio and Kelsae Harding did a great
job as Lucentios servant Tranio, but top marks go to Brandon Miller
as Petruchio and Evelyne ORourke who played Katharine.
The two worked
brilliantly together. Miller
was absolutely hilarious and whoever came up with that mouse get up for
the wedding scene should receive a Tony Award for costume design.
As for ORourke,
she should receive an award for putting herself through the physical abuse
she endured during not one, but two performances.
The rest of the
cast included Andreas Hihenstein as Lucentio; Emelie Perron-Clow as Senora
Baptista; Tom Chester as Hortensio; Tamsin Andrews as Bianca; Darci Bloom
Bertrand as Grumio; Jessica Lange in a variety of roles; and Mati Contal,
Laurence DaNova, Petra Hohenstein, Tyler Smith, Cristina Wood and Brianna
Bettencourt as Petruchios servants.
of the Shrew kicks off OYPs Spring Showcase which continues
over the next six weeks with nearly 20 performances.
Next up is Apple
Butter and Geography Match on Saturday, Jan. 87followed by Jingle
By Us and Farmer Dells Alphabet on Saturday, March 4 .
All the performances will be held at the Orleans Theatre at 7 p.m. For a
complete list of the performances visit www.oyplayers.on.ca and click on
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