Sunday, July 31, 2005

Taming my very own shrew

Tu Anh and I recently learned that there is a theatre at Ashbridge's Bay Park presenting William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew". It's not your usual Shakespeare in the park 'cause there's actually a roof over your head, so rain or shine, the show will go on.....Theater_01_thumb The backdrop of the stage is a great view of the park, and Lake Ontario in the disance. You can even hear the waves crashing onto shore, adding a pleasant background noise to the actors' dialogue. Shrew is the story of Kate, who has a reputation of being a shrew, a.k.a. a big beeeach. She is married off to Petruchio who subsequently tries to break her fiestly spirit to the point of total obedience. I must say, the end of this play must be a feminist's nightmare! I could've sworn that I heard a vein pop in Anh's neck. Some advice from Kate:

"Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow,
And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,
To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor:
It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads,
Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds,
And in no sense is meet or amiable."

Take that Shrew-Anh!....just kidding sweetie hehe.....geez I'm gonna get a beating for that one....

Other Shakespeare in the park productions around town:

High Park: Much Ado about nothing
Withrow Park: Merchant of Venice
Brampton's Ken Whillan's Square: All's well that ends well (July 22-Aug 8), Richard III (Aug 12-29), Twelfth Night (Sept 2-3)
Mississauga Bradley Museum: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

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