The Taming of the Shrew
"What can you do with a drunken sailor?" A lot, if you are Darren Bridgett, who has no limits. Bridgett's Petruchio staggers through the audience, clambers onstage and, with bottle in hand, unsteadily woos the strong, feisty and attractive Kate (Cat Thompson).
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew has been mauled before (the subject matter—how to tame a woman—lends itself to broad comedy), but usually the love/hate relationship between two strong characters can keep the story going. Not so in this slapstick farce. Kate and Petruchio are sideshows as the main dramatic question becomes whether Kate's younger sister, the simpering Bianca (Alexandra Matthew), will be won by the handsome Lucentio (William Elsman) or the nerdy music tutor Hortensio (Paul Stout) or the dyspeptic old Gremio (Julian Lopez-Morillas).
With Stephen Klum as Baptista, who is desperate to marry off his daughters, plus uppity servant Tranio (Mark Robinson), who impersonates his master, and a man-hungry widow (Camilla Ford), this able ensemble steals the show and keeps audiences involved."
Lee Brady, Pacific Sun