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Re: Production of Taming of Shrew
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2129  Friday, 25 October 2002

[1]     From:   Kenneth Rothwell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:19:16 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[2]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:35:24 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[3]     From:   R. Schmeeckle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 08:52:38 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[4]     From:   Stephen Buhler <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:56:34 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[5]     From:   Matthew Henerson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 12:36:57 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[6]     From:   Jay Louden <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 09:46:33 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[7]     From:   Katy Stavreva <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 12:18:48 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[8]     From:   William Babula <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 11:03:18 -0700
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

[9]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 15:41:29 -0400
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From:           Kenneth Rothwell <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:19:16 -0400
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

Dear Michael Luskin,

From the brief description given, the Taming of the Shrew you are
looking for sounds like the 1976 American Conservatory Theatre
production, directed by William Ball. For complete details, see Rothwell
and Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography. New
York: Neal-Schuman, 1990, Item 602.  The book was compiled to answer
just such questions as this one but apparently many libraries do not own
a copy. All the best, Ken Rothwell

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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:35:24 -0400
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

This *sounds* like the commedia dell'arte version of Shrew from the
early 1980s by the San Francisco Repertory Company. It aired on PBS,
perhaps on Great Performances?  Marc Singer (later star of V and
Beastmaster) starred, and I recall Harry Hamlin (later star of Clash of
the Titans and LA Law) was a player.  I don't believe it's available
commercially.

Hugh Davis

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 08:52:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

>It was filmed in front of a live audience.  The scenery was sparse.  It
>was quite slapstick, and, after almost every line, there would be a
>short drum or other instrument comment.  It was FUNNY, and I would like
>to use it to introduce a class of thirteen year olds to Shakespeare, if
>only I could find out what it was.

It sounds like a production by a San Francisco group that I used myself
with high school seniors in the 70's and 80's.  It was excellent for
introducing Shakespeare, because it proved immediately that Shakespeare
could be fun.  It was treated as a farce, which, horror the claim, I
believe to have been S's intention.

Wish I could be more specific.

     Roger Schmeeckle

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From:           Stephen Buhler <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 10:56:34 -0500
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

Michael Luskin is very likely thinking of the Public Broadcasting
System's 1976 version of *The Taming of the Shrew*, which captured a
performance from William Ball's American Conservatory Theatre
production.  Ball freely borrowed from the traditions of commedia
dell'arte and made the synthesis work engagingly well.  For decades this
staging was very difficult to track down, but in recent years a
commercial-release VHS version has been available.  I know, for example,
that Tanya Gough carries it as part of her Poor Yorick catalog at
www.bardcentral.com.

By the way, the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express's Brave New World staging
of the play, currently on tour, includes some delightful echoes of the
Ball production and adds interesting and involving dimensions of its
own.   The tour also includes a bracingly clear and tough-minded
*Coriolanus*.  For more information about these shows, visit the
Shenandoah Shakespeare site at ishakespeare.com.

Regards,
Stephen Buhler

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 12:36:57 EDT
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

That's almost certainly Bill Ball's American Conservatory Theatre
production from the mid 70's.  It's available from Broadway Archives
(www.broadwayarchives.com, I think.)  It's also in circulation in the
Los Angeles City library system.

Matthew Henerson

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 09:46:33 -0700
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

The production you are thinking of may be William Ball's ACT production
from the early 1970's. It starred Marc Singer (Beastmaster) and was done
as a Commedia delle'Arte piece. It was athletic and very well done and
almost made the 'troubling' aspects of the play palatable. It was shown
on Masterpiece Theatre or Great Performances. I'm not sure where you
could find a copy now. My copy is very old and cuts out in the middle.

Jay Louden

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 12:18:48 -0500
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

Sounds like the production of the American Conservatory Theatre of San
Francisco--available from the Broadway Theatre
Archive--www.BroadwayArchive.com, 1-800-422-2827.  GREAT show, indeed!

Best!

Katy

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From:           William Babula <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 11:03:18 -0700
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

I think it sounds like the A.C.T. of San Francisco production directed
by William Ball which was shown on TV quite some time ago.

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Oct 2002 15:41:29 -0400
Subject: 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2124 Production of Taming of Shrew

Sounds like the ACT production (from San Francisco). It's on video.


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