Tonight and tomorrow evenings at 8 p.m. are the last opportunities to see the FJC play "The Taming of the Shrew." Admission is free with an ASB card. A special youth performance will be presented tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
When I heard that the Drama Department planned to create abstract scenery for a classical Shakespearian play, I must admit that I was faintly skeptical. However, I am too conservative; it was truly a beautiful effect. Trina Portillo's brilliant costumes moved in Renaissance harmony with Katherine Sellars' colorful abstract sets.
The sets were done in the most exciting of colors, all in vibrant abstracts which gave a much more humorous and light-hearted air to the production than would conservative, absolutely realistic, neutral-color style of scenery. There was not one dull color in the entire production.
The actors as a whole remained consistent in character and made excellent use of timing. As in any production, there were a few lines which were spoken too rapidly and a few which were not spoken loudly enough, but for the most part the dialogue and actions were well coordinated and beautifully delivered.
One of the hardest things in the theater is making the audience laugh when they should; by and large the cast has succeeded in bringing the humor across. Marlene Schoner and Dann Adams were particularly adept at rolling with the dramatic punches; Miss Schoner (the Shrew) was thrown bodily across the room at one point, while Mr. Adams was dragged around he stage by the earand chased with a cane.