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The Taming of the Shrew
This twisted adaptation of Shakespeare’s benign comedy takes an ultra-violent turn, painting the plot and players in a disturbing new light.
Filtered through a warped modern lens, the original tale of a roguish suitor who subjects his bride to starvation and sleep deprivation seems more perverse than amusing, a case of domestic abuse rather than romantic strategy.
A casually sinister Petruchio (Rob Brown) ups the torture ante in this powerful Winnipeg production, leaving sharp-tongued Kate battered, bloodied and broken. His invitation to “Kiss me, Kate,” becomes repulsive and her submission is pathetic. The drama carries a subject matter warning for good reason. It’s brutal and ugly and daring and horrifically provocative.
— Pat St. Germain
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Dramatic and bold: Resonator Theatrical steps forward with their violent and dark reinvention of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. With modern horror at its core, combined with the sparse backdrop of the Bard's harrowingly beautiful language, the play is turned inside out and sets a great tone on stage. Shakespeare's words: a new plot.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Herbal Cigarettes,
MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to Saturday
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)
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