The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0904. Monday, 8 September 1997.
Date: Saturday, 6 Sep 1997 04:37:35 +0000
Subject: Casting Suggestion for Taming of The Shrew
Does anyone know if there have been any recent productions of "TAMING OF
THE SHREW" in which Katherine was played by a man in drag? I was
wondering if this would work, particularly if the play-within-a-play
structure was maintained.
I wonder how the show would work if someone who looked like Curly Howard
played Katherine, someone who looked like Moe Howard played Petruchio,
and someone who looked like Larry Fine played Grumio.
If nothing else, having Katherine played by an obvious man in drag would
add an interesting layer at the end to "her" speech about being ashamed
women are so simple.