Beginning July 5 we produce one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, The Taming of the Shrew. The “shrew” in Shakespeare’s comedy is the young, unruly Katherine, a woman who does not easily nor gladly suffer fools. Having unnerved the local bachelors, she finds herself courted by the newly arrived and unpredictable Petruchio, who turns her world upside down. Their courtship sparks a mutual passion that is anything but tame. It is, however, a terrific comedy.
Also in July, beginning on the 12th, we bring you one of America’s great plays, You Can’t Take It with You. First produced in 1936, another year when the country was recovering economically, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s comedy about a seriously whimsical extended family clashing with the “real world” of business and respectability has won the hearts and laughter of American theatergoers for generations.
These July comedies are in the Wells-Metz Theatre in rotating repertory, where the same actors take roles in both shows. If you’ve not experienced a “summer rep” before, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun to take in a production one night and return to the theatre the next evening and see the same actors in another play on a different set in the same theatre. You’ll want to see both plays, so check the schedule to choose the dates for your “rep” experience.