"A woman without spirit is a fool." So says Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew" presented by ': the FC" Theatre' -Arts departtent.'
Katherine definitely has spirit; too much according to her husband, Petruchio, who sets out to tame her.
Becca Godinez won the heart of the audience as she gave an outstanding portrayal of the headstrong, self-asserting shrew. Vince Fay was equally impressive as he characterized the domineering, insulting Petruchio who successfully subdues Katherine into obedience and submission.
Petruchio's method of operation is to keep his outspoken wife starving and sleepless, meeting insult with insult, all the while pretending the greatest concern for her welfare.
Katherine continues to assert her will until she discovers that submission is the surest means to a peaceful life.
Greg Cole successfully played Lucentio, the wooing suitor to the supposedly charming Bianca, the meek, younger sister of the shrew, played by Kathryn Oveson.
Martin Larson was especially humorous in his role as the half-scared, half-bold servant to. Petruchio. His expressive face was a show in itself.
The lighting, scenery, costumes and sound effects were well-done but not over emphasized since the nature of the play is to stimulate thought and discussion. The play was humorous and entertaining but not at the expense of good characterizations.
Shakespeare's dramatic irony is brought to light when Katherine finally declares to the other charming, but disobedient, wives that "a wife should live only to serve her husband, and a woman's heart and tongue ought to be as soft as her body."
The production, under the direction of FC instructor George Stoughton, will be' presented again tonight and tomorrow night in the Campus Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office during the day or at the door each evening.