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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
Phoenix Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
This is a "freely adapted" version of The Taming of the
Shrew, which is a naughty, silly show and with that
reputation, has become one of Shakespeare's most
popular and accessible comedies. It is a combination
of sexual manipulation, mistaken identity, and, of
course, LOVE, which means that there is a little
something for everyone, especially under the helm of
veteran Shakespeare director Joyce Henderson.  You
might not recognize it as Shrew since the names of the
locations and the characters have been changed.
Henderson has updated the show to the Hamptons in the
1920's, a surreal period of time that reflects the
anarchistic nature of the central relationship of the
show between Kate and "John Patrick."  

The story is of shrewish Kate whose father has
promised not to let his youngest daughter "Chastity"
wed until Kate has found a husband.  While her
precious sister has plenty of men lined up, Kate is
waiting for a man who is her equal, but is pawned off
by her father onto "John Patrick," who is bribed into
wooing Kate by the sizable dowry promised him.  Once
Kate is unwillingly married off, Chastity has her
choice of men to marry and falls for "Nicholas," who
disguises himself to get close to her.  Meanwhile,
Kate and John Patrick find that they are surprisingly
well suited to one another, and they have indeed
fallen in love.

Off Broadway West Theatre Company is proud to annouce that we were nominated for seven San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle Awards and the winner of one for our first season.  We hope you can join us for this second play of our second season.


Phoenix Theatre
414 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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