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William Shakespeare's

The Taming of the Shrew

May 11th - October 10thFestival TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 10 Critics
10 Reviews

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The National Post - Robert Cushman

Deborah Hay intimidates in...

“Hay is the angriest Katharina I have ever seen. Her rage burns fierce and lasts long, intimidating nearly everybody with whom she shares the stage and alarmingly audible even when she’s off it. This of course is how the role is written, but few actresses are this uncompromising about it”

Read Full Review06/12/2015

The Slotkin Letter - Lynn Slotkin

Stratford's The Taming of the Shrew:...

“Chris Abraham has directed a a keenly thought, very energetic, athletic production…The play is a challenge, but this stunning, beautifully directed and acted production rises to the occasion, upends preconceived notions about it and makes you think deeper.”

Read Full Review06/12/2015

The Bard and the Boards - Robyn Godfrey

Thoughtful and modern

“From the moment of reading Chris Abraham’s director’s notes in the house program, no one should think that his interpretation of Taming of the Shrew is anything but thoughtful and modern. Mr. Abraham puts his finger on the crux of Shrew – no one is who they seem to be. It is meta-theatre at its best – we know the characters are actually actors, but Mr. Abraham takes this a step further…”

Read Full Review06/13/2015

The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

The Taming of the Shrew at...

“Hilarious before intermission, deeply unsettling and implicating after…The performances of Carlson and Deborah Hay are both excellent – though Hay’s is truly beyond compare…her work becomes gut-wrenching. When forced to call the sun the moon by her husband, she writhes as each word comes out. This is what it is to watch a spirit crushed.”

Read Full Review06/08/2015

James Wegg Review - James Wegg

The Taming of the Shrew: Stratford's...

“Kate (Deborah Hay—dare we say delivered a knockout performance?), using every limb of her body and a shrieking decibel count frequently in distortion red, was the meanest, most contemptuous Shrew yet seen…Kate’s “Fie, fie” speech—as rendered by Hay—was nothing short of superb.

Read Full Review06/08/2015 - Christina Strynatka

Deborah Hay brilliant in Stratford's...

“Hay played her Katherina as a fireball who can more than hold her own. One gets the sense that she wasn’t quite tamed by Petruchio (an excellent Ben Carlson, who displayed sizzling chemistry with Hay) so much as she understood his tactics and had a strategy of her own.”

Read Full Review06/07/2015

The Record - Robert Reid

The Taming of the Shrew: Abraham...

“Abraham interprets courtship as a form of theatre — even if too much like vaudevillian melodrama at times — in which lovers play roles, whether assigned by parents, class, status, social attitudes or romantic expectations. We are all players in interchangeable parts.”

Read Full Review06/06/2015

The Beacon Herald - Laura Cudworth

Abraham knows he's treading choppy water

“The show’s beginning was inventive and surprising; it would have been brilliant had it ended the same way…Kate is a character who begins as a bra burner and ends as a promoter of the chastity belt. There’s just no getting around it. That final speech recalls the propaganda used to deny women the vote.”

Read Full Review06/06/2015

The Toronto Star - Richard Ozounian

The Taming of the Shrew: Deborah...

“Chris Abraham’s production is a solid enough job that yields plenty of laughs, thanks to some daring staging, brilliant comic performances from the likes of Tom Rooney and Gordon C. Miller, as well as a swashbucklingly magnetic, perfectly spoken performance from Ben Carlson as Petruchio.”

Read Full Review06/06/2015

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