Shakespeare Santa Cruz's "Taming of the Shrew"

photo courtesy Shakespeare Santa Cruz
photo courtesy Shakespeare Santa Cruz
"Taming of the Shrew"  by Tara McCabe

Wonderful, funny and magical are just a few of the words to describe to this non-apologetic, top rate Shakespeare Santa Cruz's  production of "Taming of the Shrew" directed by Edward Morgan.

The cast create a delightful ensemble piece staying true to the Bard's text and spirit with this production. From the costumes that accurately reflect
the times in early Spain to the pre-show antics engaging the audience. The production transports us to the bawdy times it reflects. The glen with its majestic redwoods and twinkling, subtle lights help set the scene making it easy to draw the audience into the story.

"Shrew" is arguably Shakespeare's best comedy, a fun romp when done well...and this cast has done very well indeed. The spirited production set in Galicia ( northwest Spain) has a universal appeal. 

The leading cast has great chemistry and you can feel the sparks fly between fiery Kate (Gretchen Hall)  and her Pertuchio (Fred Arsenault). The tustle continues as Pertuchio tries to woo and "tame" his bride, laughter, mismatched identity subplots and verbal sparring ensues with the surrounding cast. A particular gem is the actor playing,Biondello, (Andrew P Quick)his comedic timing, energy, and flexibility are spot on. I predict we shall see much more of this talented and unique actor in the years to come.The supporting cast was strong without upstaging and there was a fluid naturalness to the direction of the play.

I would strongly encourage everyone to head out to the see production of "Taming of the Shrew" by Shakespeare Santa Cruz at the new Glen on the UCSC campus  with your whole family and support this wonderful theatre.

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