The cast of The Taming of the Shrew. The play continues for two more weeks and makes a perfect date night with witty dialogue on relationships.
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That’s the one word that stuck in my mind after leaving Friday evening’s performance of The Tater Patch Player’s The Taming of the Shrew.
From actors who memorized hundreds of lines of Shakespeare’s dialogue to perform one of his most famous comedies to the absolutely stunning costumes that Audrey Kirsten and company stitched together from beautiful material that wouldn’t be out of place at The Globe Theatre in London, Tater Patch’s current production is not to miss.
Jacob Clark plays Petruchio - a fortune seeker who enters into a marriage with a strong-willed woman named Kate and then proceeds to “tame” her temperamental spirit. For the performance Clark learned almost 600 lines of Shakespeare’s script. Clark said he approached the part by learning the longer monologues first.
The banter was easy as you had the other actors prompting you but, Clark said they needed a real understanding of what was happening in the play in case the banter got off.
His love interest, on and off the stage, Buffy Bezdek, plays Kate a.k.a the shrew, and was a real driving force in this play. She has long loved Elizabeth Taylor in the movie version of Taming of the Shrew and that was a big inspiration for her.
Don’t miss this performance of Shakespeare - it’s neither difficult nor dull. It’s comedy and romance, perfect for date night. While modern audiences may find it hard to follow every word, it’s not difficult to follow the general story and it’s fun to hear language from Shakespeare’s time spoken - although perhaps not every day.
Tater Patchers asks audiences to consider the irony of a play about a very domineering man, written in the reign of a never-dominated queen. Queen Elizabeth I is rumored to have loved the play, and the actors and director think you will to. Underlying the play is a genuine love story and a “battle of wits and wills for the ages. And there is a fine array of comic characters, masters and servants trading places, love and laughter.”
The Taming of the Shrew will be performed March 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. at Tater Patch Theatre.
Tater Patch will perform Inherit the Wind in May.