The Taming of The Shrew

The Taming of The Shrew
By William Shakespeare. Nash Theatre, Qld. Directed by Jason Nash. May 13 – June 3, 2019.

This production of The Taming of The Shrew has maintained most of the elements of the original but has moved it more into modern times. Probably this is essential for a modern audience who seldom see a production of a Shakespearean play. Now the action takes place in Padua, where the mafia gangs are strong and warring. The local bar is run by Baptista who keeps the peace but has two daughters -  Bianca, a soft beautiful object of desire for half the mafia and her sister, Katherina, the hard fighting shrew. The question is who marries whom?

The interpretation of the play and the subsequent direction are a credit to Jason Nash. He has presented the audience with an entertaining night at the theatre with tight direction, good pace and a compact versatile set. The use of music and television made for easier understanding. Oh, a couple of other surprises await you when you see the play.

Outstanding was Isaac Barnes as Petruchio, as a nasty newly rich mafia type who is out to dominate Katherina. He maintained his over the top character very well. Chris Robinson as Tranio was almost on a par with him. Unfortunately Mathew Steenson, Lucentio, was not always clear initially. All the ladies in the cast were very good.

Well done Nash Theatre, this was a very good production. I highly recommend it to you all.

William Davies

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