Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" at Folger Theatre (photos)

Cody Nickell, Danny Scheie, and Kate Eastwood Norris (photos by Jeff Malet)
Cody Nickell, Danny Scheie, and Kate Eastwood Norris (photos by Jeff Malet)

The Folger Theatre's current production of William Shakespeare's classic, "The Taming Of The Shrew" is set in the American Wild West. The elaborate stage, from designer Tony Cisek, has been modeled as a western saloon, repleat with bar, swinging doors, chandolier, and a staircase that leads to an upstairs balcony.

The main plot of the play depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and the headstrong Katherine. At first, Katherine is an unwilling participant in the relationship, but Petruchio "tames" her using various forms of psychological warfare until she becomes compliant. The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherine's more desirable sister, Bianca.

The leading rolls of Petruchio and Katherine are performed by the real life husband and wife team of Cody Nickell and Kate Eastwood Norris. Further color has been added in the form of recording artist Cliff Eberhardt performing original music in the role of the 'Blind Baladeer'.

The Taming of The Shrew plays through June 10, 2012 at Folger Theatre, at The Folger Shakespeare Library which is located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, in Washington, DC. For tickets, call 202-544-7077, or order them online.

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