Great Cast For A Discomforting Play

Theatre: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’
The cast of “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Photo by Ben Covert

I don’t know how a theater company can put on “The Taming of the Shrew” nowadays. I will confess to my lack of a classical education — the production at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck was my first time seeing it. 

As far as I could tell, the plot concerns a sociopathic woman named Kate who chooses to marry Petruchio, a man she hates, to get out of her father’s house. He abuses her, gaslights her, starves her and deprives her of sleep until she is broken and submits to his will. 

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