Review: Taming of the Shrew

 

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.

Meet the Cast: Stephanie Hayes

Stephanie Hayes (Gremio/Lusty Widow/Servant) worked for many years as Box Office Manager and Assistant Producer for The Star Players of Bristol County. Her most recent acting credits include Ariel in The Tempest, Ensemble in Laramie Project and Newlywed, Homeowner, New Mother and Stay-at-Home-Mom in Life, With Kevin & Chandler. She is new to Nemasket River but is very excited to be getting her start with such a wonderful company!

Meet the Cast: Alberto Rizzotti

Alberto Rizzotti (Tranio) – Happy to return to the NRP stage, Alberto is thrilled to appear in his first Shakespeare play. Previous performances with NRP include “Over the River andThrough the Woods” as Frank, “Enchanted April” as Anthony Wilding, and “Leading Ladies” as Doc. Additionally, Alberto has performed on numerous stages in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in various roles as varied as that of Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” and that of Robert in “Proof”. Alberto lives with his wife, Diane and his son Eric, in Berkley, Massachusetts.

Meet the Cast: Ethan Child

Ethan is thrilled to be returning to NRP, having previously appeared in last season’s production of Lost in Yonkers, directed by the one and only Mike Pevzner, who he is now proud to share the stage with. This is also Ethan’s second time appearing in “Shrew”, having previously played the role of Bianca. Some of his other favorite past  credits include: Troilus and Cressida (Ajax/Paris), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. MacAfee), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Pygmalion (Henry Higgins), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan). Ethan has also enjoyed acting and spooking at various haunted houses, including Ghoulie Manor, Barrett’s Haunted Mansion, Boston Zombie Apocalypse, and the Orpheum House of Horrors. He is also a professional children’s magician who can be seen at fairs, libraries, schools, and events all over the state.

Taming of the Shrew: Press Release 2!

Thoughts on Taming of the Shrew

By: Merrie Mizaras

Let’s set NRP’s  “The Taming of the Shrew, Abridged” in a historical park on a mild summer evening, let’s keep the wonderful language of Shakespeare but lets bring it nearer to the modern day attention span,  let’s choose a play about extreme characters who unbelievably fall madly in love, then let’s dress our characters in turn of the century clothing and add music and dance!

These are some of the thoughts that were discussed at a winter meeting of NRP Board of Directors and the fruition of that dream will be opening soon, due to the collaboration of the Town, it’s wonderful Tourism Committee, the Peter Oliver House and the very special vision of a young director, Andrew Child!

Kate desires love, regardless of how unloving and unlovable she begins.  Her quarrelsome behavior is not entirely due to her lack of being loved, but also her self-absorption which the wily and irascible Petruchio interrupts and redirects!

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Abridged, w/music and dances

Fri/Sat/Sun Aug 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 – 7pm, outdoors on the grounds of the Peter Oliver House, 443 Plymouth Street, just off Rt. 44, Middleboro, MA

Also enjoy our dinner and show experience with Lorenzo’s Restaurant.  Enjoy a wonderful three course meal (with glass of wine) especially designed for this production ($20) call 508-947-3000 for reservations.

For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite through our website.

Bring a chair or blanket for a lovely hour of riotous Shakespearean comedy under the stars. Shakespeare, Abridged; where you hear the magic of the bard’s words … just fewer of them.

Meet the Cast: Hannah Teceno

Hannah Teceno (Bianca/Grumio) is a transfer theatre student currently enrolled at Massasoit Community College. She is so excited to be performing in her first Nemasket River Production. Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), West Side Story (Maria), Miracle on 34th St. (ensemble), Trial of Madeline Gee (Design Staff/ Costumer). She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support, Andrew Child for the opportunity to work with him again, and the cast for all their hard work and dedication.

Taming of the Shrew: Press Release!

Nemasket River Productions News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To: Features/Arts Editors

From: Mike Pevzner, Press Services, 781-910-2938; movieshorts@aol.com

Please contact for photos, interviews, review opportunities

Run thru: August 20, 2017

PHOTO: L-R JENNY SHUBI, HANNAH TECENO, JAMES KOONCE 

Taming of the Shrew (Abridged) – Outdoors in Middleboro, MA – Two Weekends, Aug. 11 – 20

All the Magic of the Bard’s Words … Just Fewer of Them

Nemasket River Productions (NRP) of Middleboro, MA, in conjunction with the Town of Middleboro, is pleased to bring outdoor Shakespeare to Southeastern Massachusetts; and what better Shakespearean play to begin with than Taming of the Shrew, the Bard’s comic ode to the age-old battle of man versus woman.

This 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 and all in a little over an hour. The beautiful outdoor setting is on the grounds of Middleboro’s historic Peter Oliver House, an 18th  Century showplace of colonial architecture and gardens, just off Rt. 44 at 443 Plymouth St.  Performances are Fri., Sat., Sun., August 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20; all shows at 7pm.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew is the story of two young men who both long to wed the beautiful and flirtatious Bianca. Bianca’s father will have none of it, however, 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 theatre veterans plus newcomers.

Playing Katherine is 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 creative and versatile young man, a graduate of Cardinal Spellman HS and 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.

 Tickets for Taming of the Shrew are $15. For reservations, call 866-244-0448; order tickets at www.nemasketriverproductions.com, or get them at the door.

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Abridged, w/music and dances

Fri/Sat/Sun Aug 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 – 7pm, outdoors on the grounds of the Peter Oliver House, 443 Plymouth Street, just off Rt. 44, Middleboro, MA

Also enjoy our dinner and show experience with Lorenzo’s Restaurant.  Enjoy a wonderful three course meal (with glass of wine) especially designed for this production ($20) call 508-947-3000 for reservations.

For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites.  You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite through our website.

Bring a chair or blanket (or use one of ours) for a lovely hour of riotous Shakespearean comedy under the stars. Shakespeare, Abridged; where you hear the magic of the bard’s words … just fewer of them.

Meet the Cast: James Koonce

James Koonce (Lucentio) is happy to return to NRP after first appearing last summer in Moonlight and Magnolias. Other recent shows include Don’t Drink the Water, Dracula, Wait Until Dark, The Psychic, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Unexpected Guest and Over the River and Through the Woods. When not onstage, James works in advertising in Boston.

Meet the Cast: Jenny Shubi

Jenny Shubi (Katharine) spent the previous summer studying as an apprentice with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, performing as Arviragus in a production of Cymbeline. Past roles include Nora in Body and Sold, Mary Riley in Top Eye Open, Elizabeth Proctor in the Crucible, and Anna in Night Sky. Jenny is thrilled to be playing one of he favorite Shakespeare characters and working along side such a fabulous cast.

Meet the Cast: Joseph O’Connor

Joseph O’Connor (Petruchio)’s most recent appearance was with The Theater at Hollywood & Vine in Plymouth, also acted in Don’t Talk to the Actors with Plymouth Community Theatre, Death of a Salesman at Vokes Players, Durang/Durang with Bad Habit Productions, Simpatico at Devanaughn Theatre and Much Ado About Nothing with the Gazebo Players. Award winner for Best Stage Manager at the EMACT Theater Festival. Has produced a short film, “All I Want.