This is always a difficult play to stage, so we were nervous about the SW Shakespeare production. Last year’s very weak performances of The Tempest and Hamlet had definitely lowered our expectations.
So it was a nice surprise to attend a very interesting and thoughtful performance of the Taming of the Shrew. Sabin Epstein directed this play and macbeth as part of the Winterfest Repertory. Epstein has an extensive background as a director of Shakespeare and as a director and his experience could certainly be seen in this production. He drew solid performances out a cast composed of a generally competent but not outstanding cast. Petruchio and Katherine were both interesting to watch and managed to keep the necessary balance between the two protagonists. The interaction remained amusing, without veering into abuse. The fights turned into love in a believable manner. The final scene was particularly well done, with Petruchio swooping down to put his hand under Katherine’s foot just in time.