Kanata Kourier-Standard, 28 October 2010

Kanata Theatre
tames the shrew

ROBYN PEKARCHUK, KANATA THEATRE

EMC Events - To tame a shrew; is to tone down, soften or domesticate a bad tempered woman. This is exactly what Kanata Theatre is attempting to do with William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Directed by Jim Holmes— recent Capital Critics Circle Award nominee for Best Director of last season's The Underpants—this timeless comedy is their second production of the season.

The age-old comedy centres on Katherina, the shrew, played by Tania Carriere, and her seemingly perfect sister Bianca, played by Tara Sisson. Bianca has many suitors and is anxious to be married, however their father Baptista, played by Bill Horsman, states that Bianca cannot marry until Katherina marries.

Seemingly, finding a suitor for the shrew proves a very difficult task. Enter Petruchio, played by Dale MacEachern, who takes on the task and courts Katherina. All the while, Lucentio, played by Aaron Lajeunesse, is pursuing Bianca. Attitudes towards marriage, women's roles, and a classic war of the sexes unfold as this farce is told.

Director Jim Holmes, who has tamed four of the five Shakespeare plays that have been put on at Kanata Theatre, has been put to the task of taming his talented cast.
As well as helping them tame this farcical Shakespearean text, he's also updating it and making it relevant for today.

"Every generation attempts to re-interpret a play and this generation is no different. The trick is finding ways in staying true to the text while making it still true to today's audi­ence", says Holmes.

The cast has been busy with rehearsals, and are ready to tame an audience. "There is an extra sparkle and vibe when performing for an audience", avows leading lady Carriere.

Come and be tamed by Kanata Theatre's The Taming of the Shrew, opening on Nov. 9-20.

The stage is "dark" on Sundays and Mondays, with no shows scheduled.

All tickets are $15 and curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Student Rush Seats at $5 go on sale at 5 p.m. on the day of each performance, subject to availability of seats.

Please call the box office at 613-831-4435 for information on booking your tickets or visit the web site at www.kanatatheatre.com for all inquiries. Or feel free to visit the box office at 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.
 

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Robyn
Pekarchuk, Kanata Theatre.

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Kanata EMC, 4 November 2010

Kanata Theatre aims
to tame the shrew

ROBYN PEKARCHUK

To tame a shrew is to tone down, soften or domesticate a bad tempered woman.

This is exactly what Kanata Theatre is attempting to do with William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

Directed by Jim Holmes — recent Capital Critics Circle Award nominee for best directorof last season's The Undepants — this timeless comedy is his second production of the season..

The age-old comedy centres on Katherina the shrew, played by Tania Carriere,  and her seemingly perfect sister Bianca, played by Tara Sisson.

Bianca has many suitors and is anxious to be married.

But the girls' father Baptista, played by Bill Horsman, says Bianca can't marry until Katherina does.

Finding a suitor for the shrew proves a very difficult task.

Enter Petruchio, played by Dale MacEachem, who takes on the task and courts Katherina.

All the while Lucentio, played by Aaron Lajeunesse, is pursuing Bianca.

Attitudes towards marriage, women's roles and a classic war of the sexes unfold as this farce is told.

Holmes updated the play, making it more relevant for today.

"Every generation attempts to re-interpret a play and this generation is no different," said Holmes. "The trick is finding ways in staying true to the text while making it still true to today's audience."

The cast has been busy with rehearsals and are ready to tame an audience.

"There is an extra sparkle and vibe when performing for an audience," said leading lady Carriere.

Come and be tamed by Kanata Theatre's The Taming of the Shrew, opening on Nov. 9 and running until Nov. 20. There are no shows on Sundays and Mondays.

Tickets are $ 15 and the curtain goes up at 8 p.m.

Student Rush Seats at $5 go on sale at 5 p.m. on the day of each perfor­mance, subject to availability of seats. A valid student pass must be presented at the box office to purchase tickets.

Please call the box office at 613-831-4435 for information on booking your tickets, visit the web site at www. kanatatheatre.com or feel free to visit the box office at 1 Ron Maslin Way, just off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.

This article is reproduced by permission of the author.