Three more chances for free outdoor Shakespeare
March 8, 2018
How do you make Shakespeare’s funniest, most riotous and openly sexist comedies palatable for a 21st-century audience? It’s a challenge Bryce Alexander, artistic director at The Naples Players, took on with relish in “The Taming of the Shrew.”
First, he started with an all-female cast. Lo, those many years ago when Shakespeare staged his works, woman were barred from the stage and men had the privilege of donning wigs and dresses to perform female parts. Despite being ruled by the firm hand of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, the age was fundamentally misogynistic. We can imagine how it played to see a teenaged boy in a wig portraying the foul-tempered, sharptongued Katherina, the shrew in question.