The Taming of the Shrew | Critical Review by Charles Isherwood

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Critical Review by Charles Isherwood

SOURCE: Isherwood, Charles. Review of The Taming of the Shrew. Variety 375, no. 8 (12 July 1999): 46.

In the following review of director Mel Shapiro's production of The Taming of the Shrew for The Public Theater in New York City's Central Park, Isherwood laments that an overemphasis on low humor obscured the underlying complexities of Shakespeare's play.

Silly accents and silly walks, funny hats and funny shoes, lewd jokes and rude jokes: The Public Theater's production of The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park is pretty hysterical, all right, but that is not meant kindly. As mindless summer movies sprawl across the country spreading either delirium or dismay, depending on one's taste for such as Adam Sandler, the Public Theater has come up with the theatrical alternative: the Bard as reinterpreted by the Three Stooges.

And just as moviegoers flocked to Big Daddy...

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