A tale of a firey woman and a dauntless swagger

Fullerton College Hornet  - Stacy Schwed - Wednesday, October 16th, 2002
'The Taming of the Shrew' opens today, with Steve Garcia as Petruchio and Shelleen Kostabi as Kate.

Fullerton College Theatre Department presentation of, "The Taming of the Shrew"· opens today. This production will, be performed through Saturday in the campus theatre

The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare as directed by Gary Krinke, is a sharp, quick witted fast paced laugh fest, about a gentleman Baptista and his two daughters Bianca and Kat. Bianca is known for her sweet nature and beauty and Kat the oldest daughter is known as shrewish and has no suitors. Baptista insists that Bianca not marry before Kat does, and he offers a dowry (money to marry a woman) for anyone to this fiery-tempered woman.

Krinke say's, "this is no.dusty Shakespearean museum piece with perfect elocution and lecture hall propriety. This is Shakespeare done for the sake of fun and rapid laughter.

This tale of how a dauntless swaggerer meets his brides fiery tempers with a more blistering fire of his own has long been one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and one of the stage's most, boisterous rough-and-tumble farces. There have been many reenactments of "The Taming of the Shrew, like the 1953 musical, "Kiss me Kate" starting Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by Cole Porter. Also "10 Things I hate About You; in 1999, starring Julia Styles and Heath Ledger, directed by Gil Junger.

"Shakespeare meant this to by bawdy and boisterous. It's all horseplay and slapstick!" says Krinke. ·