The Fleeing Artists’ theater group, which kicked off its second season (and its sixth season of Summer Shakespeare) with the bloody revenge tale “Titus Andronicus” last month, turns to the lighter side of playwright William Shakespeare with the comedy “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Free outdoor performances start Friday in Lincoln Park’s flower gardens.
Bezza LeGreve is directing the show, which is set in the Italian city of Padua.
The plot centers on Katherina, a strong-willed, confident woman who refuses to be “tamed” and follow the limitations of a patriarchal society. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Bianca, is renowned throughout Padua for her beauty and kind nature and is wooed by many suitors, including the elderly merchant Gremio, the passionate Hortensio and the newly arrived scholar Luccentio.
The sisters’ father, Baptista — fearing he never will be rid of his strong-willed daughter — vows that Bianca will not be allowed to marry until a husband can be found for Katherina, much to the dismay of the suitors and Katherina.
What follows is comedic chaos.
The show’s organizers note that this production “features stage combat, funny situations, Shakespeare’s poetic language and the outdoor environment. This show is suitable for almost the entire family.”
“The Taming of the Shrew” has been adapted numerous times for stage, screen, opera, ballet and musical theater. The most famous adaptations include Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” and the 1967 film version, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Also, the 1999 comedy “10 Things I Hate About You,” which moves the action to a high school, is loosely based on the play.
Note: Because this show is performed outside, if the weather is bad, performances may be canceled or relocated to another venue, possibly with very little notice. Check the Fleeing Artist Theatre’s Facebook page for performance schedule changes.
PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Live: Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers
Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers — a band made up of Ade on vocals, Cameron Fair on cello and piano, Brittany Lumley playing multiple instruments and backing vocals, Roger Gower Jr. on drums, John Kulas on the bass and Joe Adamek on lead guitar — played a two-hour set at the latest installment of Lincoln Park Live in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave., on Tuesday, July 17.
Here are a roundup of photos of the band performing at the event.
Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers, seen here performing in Lincoln Park earlier this summer, are playing at Laborfest on Monday.