The Taming Of The Shrew @ West End Theater, through November 4
Our friends at the Frog & Peach theatre company are at it again! This time out F&P’s director Lynnea Benson puts her stamp on The Taming Of The Shrew, wrangling an amazing cast of 18 to put on a briskly-paced 2 hours of absolute delight. I have championed Frog & Peach productions before, readings and full productions both, but in my humble opinion this production is the best I’ve seen from the group so far.
From Asa Benally’s costume design choices, to the usual unique way this company has of engaging the audience, to the absolute joy you feel from these actors and actresses investing their all in the language and mayhem of this famous play, to even the wildly imaginative combat scenes choreographed by Marcus Watson, you’d be hard pressed to find Shakespeare done better anyplace.
As it often said and I believe true there are no small parts in theatre and you feel this from F&P’s big casts no matter the production; these are people you feel are honor-bound to work the tradition of translating Shakespeare to modern times while retaining all of the spirit of these wonderful plays.
I should also make mention of the original music heard in The Taming Of The Shrew, written and performed as it is by Ian McDonald, he of classic rock infamy.
The Taming Of The Shrew is playing until Nov. 4th at West End Theater located at 263 West 86th St. (Btwn Broadway and West End Ave.), For more information and the buy tickets, please visit: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?EID=&showCode=TAM22&BundleCode=&PackageCode=&GUID=