Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 320. Monday, 16 November 1992.
Date: Monday, 16 Nov 1992 17:56 EST
Subject: Another Shrew Variation
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you this, but if you're going to
consider as sharp a variation on "Shrew" as the Moonlighting version,
you should also look at "Kiss Me, Kate". While the Kate/Petruchio
relationship itself isn't too different -- Kate/Lilli Vanessi is
still shrewish, but in ways Petruchio/Fred Graham doesn't always
expect -- it's interesting to compare & contrast it to that of
Lilli and Fred.
I've also seen "Kate" played so that when Kate sings "I Am Ashamed
that Women Are So Simple" at the end, she is in fact making a fool
of Petruchio. That's a performance variation, rather than a textual
one, and it might be outside your purview. For whatever it's worth,
there it is.