American Shakespeare Center presents The Taming of the Shrew
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg
Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Event Types: Arts & Theatre
Bronze Tickets: $20.00
Silver Tickets: $24.00
Gold Tickets: $27.00
Platinum Tickets: $30.00

American Shakespeare Center presents The Taming of the Shrew as part of the Live At The Lyric performance series on Friday, March 30, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre.

Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592 and adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, ballet, and musical theatre; perhaps the most famously as Cole Porter's 1967 film "Kiss Me, Kate" starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and the 1999 high school comedy film "10 Things I Hate About You".

The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio "tames" her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina's younger sister, Bianca, who is seen as the "ideal" woman. The question of whether the play is misogynistic or not has become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences, and readers.

This hilarious comedy is much more than a "battle of the sexes"; it is also a profound look at the necessity of "play" in our lives. This production includes Shakespeare's "Induction," which presents the Kate and Petruchio story as a play within the play. Blending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married.

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Doors open at 6:30 pm. The play starts at 7:30 pm.

Live At The Lyric is a semi-annual series of live entertainment events at the Lyric Theatre, including music, family events, comedy, theatre and much more! These events are programmed in-house by The Lyric staff to provide the community with a diverse selection of arts entertainment.

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