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Re: *Shrew* Productions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0964.  Friday, 2 December 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Thomas F. Soare <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Nov 1994 17:22:43 CST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 5.0936  Re: *Shrew* Productions
 
(2)     From:   Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 07:49:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0963  Re: *Shrew* Productions
 
 
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From:           Thomas F. Soare <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Nov 1994 17:22:43 CST
Subject: 5.0936  Re: *Shrew* Productions
Comment:        RE: SHK 5.0936  Re: *Shrew* Productions
 
I've directed "Shrew" twice, and played Petruchio once.  I think the key to
making that last scene work for a modern audience is definitely to treat it as
passionate and delicious foreplay, as was previously suggested, but more than
that as a meeting of minds between equals who have both seen thru the games
they have been playing with each other.  Her passionate vituperation and his
roughshod perversity are both means of manipulation, and when they both
understand that, they discover that they are madly in love.  She is willing to
play by his rules in public, but with humor, and perhaps a sly wink at him,
because they both want to get rid of company and go to bed!  It also helps if
on "Come on and kiss me, Kate!" she takes a very aggressive role &  practically
floors him with the passion of her kiss!
 
Thomas F. Soare
Professor of Theatre
Sam Houston State University
 
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From:           Harry Hill <HILHAR@CONU2.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Nov 1994 07:49:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0963  Re: *Shrew* Productions
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0963  Re: *Shrew* Productions
 
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
 
When Bugs Bunny or Minnie Mouse are made to go without food for a while in a
cartoon we don't fret that they are "denied nourishment", but tend to laugh
instead because we are in a theatre. "The Taming of the Shrew", for all its
references to reality, is a comedy, and surely it might be a little better for
you if we took it a bit less seriously than recent postings have. The lack of
irony in our approach to Shakespeare bespeaks an unwillngness to separate life
from art, suffering from entertainment, don't you think? The *poise* of this
comedy surely redeems some of what we redeems some of what we might find
morally perilous.
 
        Harry Hill
        Montreal
 

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