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The Taming of the Shrew (1976)

San Francisco's A.C.T. company presents Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raye Birk ... Gremio
Earl Boen ... A Pedant
Ron Boussom Ron Boussom ... Grumio (as Ronald Boussom)
Barbara Dirickson Barbara Dirickson ... Sugarsop
Bobby Ellerbee Bobby Ellerbee ... The Haberdasher (as Bobby F. Ellerbee)
Harry Hamlin ... Mariamo
Rick Hamilton Rick Hamilton ... Tranio
Charles Hyman Charles Hyman ... Camellio
Daniel Kern Daniel Kern ... Biondello
Michael Keys Hall Michael Keys Hall ... Emilio
Deborah May ... A Widow
Fredi Olster Fredi Olster ... Katherina
William Paterson William Paterson ... Baptista
Stephen Schnetzer ... Lucentio (as Stephen St. Paul)
Sandra Shotwell Sandra Shotwell ... Bianca
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San Francisco's A.C.T. company presents Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fierecilla domada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Originally broadcast on Great Performances (1971). See more »

Connections

Version of The Taming of the Shrew (1982) See more »

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A Lucky Mistake
24 August 2006 | by ThilwenSee all my reviews

I happened to order online a DVD version of The Taming of the Shrew. When I received the packet the day before yesterday, I found out that it was not the film directed by Franco Zeffirelli that I originally wanted, but some stage production by whoever... I was disappointed that I had made such a silly mistake with ordering something else than I wanted. However, only after a minute or two of watching the performance, I was not entirely sure if it was really a mistake, and when Petruchio stepped on the scene, I suddenly realised that this was actually the luckiest choice of DVD I have ever made. Petruchio and Kate are both so lively and wilful. (I do not want to say that the other actors did not do their best - they are ALL wonderful, but Petruchio and Kate are my favourite characters.) When Kate is weary and sad, Fredi Olster has tears in her eyes... The whole cast are playing for the audience, not for the stage, and they do not miss a chance to communicate with the people. It must have been an exceptional and unforgettable experience to see this performance live. For me, it was exceptional even on the screen, and I am sure I will not forget it - I have already seen it twice...


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