REVIEW BY Middleborough Gazette Staff Reporter
Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ delights audiences outdoors in Middleboro
Attention, Shakespeare fans.
Nemasket River Productions, in conjunction with the Town of Middleboro, brings The Bard to southeastern Massachusetts with “The Taming of the Shrew,” the famed writer’s comic ode to the age-old battle of man versus woman.
The production is an abridged version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous and enduring comedies. It includes music and dance and all the frivolity Shakespeare intended, all in a little over an hour. The setting is the grounds of Middleboro’s historic Peter Oliver House, an 18th-century showplace of colonial architecture and gardens, off Route 44 at 443 Plymouth St.
Performances were Aug. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7 p.m.
“The Taming of the Shrew” is the story of two young men who long to wed the beautiful and flirtatious Bianca. The lady’s father will have none of it until he can marry off Bianca’s older sister, Katherine. One problem: The headstrong Katherine has other ideas and they don’t include marriage. That is, until the arrogant and equally headstrong Petruchio appears on the scene. Petruchio takes up the challenge and vows to woo Katherine. The battle lines are drawn and the ancient “battle of the sexes” takes comic flight.
The cast of “Shrew” includes several local stage veterans and newcomers.
Katherine will be played by Jenny Shubi, who has studied and performed with Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. Petruchio is played by Joseph O’Connor, who has appeared with Plymouth Community Theatre, the Vokes Players and many other groups. Regional favorite Alberto Rizzotti plays Tranio, one of the suitors. Alberto has delighted audiences in many roles for NRP and performed on numerous stages in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Rounding out the cast are Michael Pevzner, James Koonce, Hannah Teceno, Stephanie Hayes and Ethan Child.
At the helm is director Andrew Child, a theater student at Brandeis University. He is the assistant to the producer at Bridgewater State University’s Family Performing Arts Center and producer/director of his own theatrical company called Artists from Suburbia.