An Exploration of Gender Expression - Taming of the Shrew

queer classics · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by HAYLEY BROWN

June 08, 2015 certified reviewer
tagged as: fun · thought-provoking · silly · Fast-paced

My overall impression

Queer Classics’ Taming was an enjoyable, fascinating, and earnest romp, replete with laughs, lots of energy, and some hilarious audience involvement. I’m still digesting the gender exploration, but they managed to make the final monologue by Kate something palatable, and even touching, rather than the confusing, “Is this just really severe abuse?” reaction I have felt in past productions. The cast was strong overall, and while I usually cringe at liberties taken with the Bard with interjections, almost everything felt alright and in keeping with the tone of the show; a nice dash of irreverence. The highlights by far included bringing audience members up on stage to play fake-Vincenzio and real-Vincenzio. QC made me a fan with Earnest last year, and I look forward to seeing their future productions. Bard On, y’all.

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