Tuesday, October 18, 2005

REV: Taming of the Shrew

I went to see Taming of the Shrew on Friday (after they had an apparently stellar opening night) and was most gigglefied by Emily Houghton's take on perhaps Shakespeare's most outrageous piece.

She did an excellent job of cutting the piece (difficult with any Bardity). The set was just enough to allow the action without overwhelming it. Nice.

Of course Roy Burney, as the drunk Petruchio, and Sarah Tacey, as Kate, were wonderful. They cannot touch anything without raising it another level. But there were some other highlights as well. I thought Karl Bajoris, as Kate's irascible father, was perfectly cast and handled the role sublimely. Phil Kuhlmann was a laugh a minute. Jeff Widener has come a long, long way, and was so at ease in this role as to make it hard to think of him as an actor.

The biggest surprise, and worth the price of admission alone, was Charles Bryant. Charles is a Schreiner student, and had a fine turn in Biloxi Blues last spring, but here, as Vincentio, he is perfectly engaging. He is funny and all too believable as someone four times his age. Nicely done.

There were no ill-done parts, so congrats to all on a fine performance.

Shrew is playing through October 30 at The Point Theatre in Ingram

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