Hey! Sorry this is late. I got caught up in writing.
Anyway, I found this really cool article on tackling one of our favorite plays, Taming of the Shrew. It’s definitely a problematic fave, that we don’t deny. But, if you go through our archive, you’ll see a number of posts dealing with coming to terms with our enjoyment and even coming to understand what we think Shakespeare meant.
The question of how to deal with and approach the problems in the play is something each production does differently. Some play it straight (opting for maximum irony), some highlight the cruelty to make it ridiculous, some turn the tables and make Petruchio the shrew, some do it better than others. Our favorite here features John Cleese as Petruchio. But, like I said, that’s not the only way to interpret the play.
Check out how the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company handles the questions:
(Sorry for the naked link. I hate being late.)