The Taming of the Shrew 07/06–08/11Buy Tickets
JACKSON/CANTON—The Michigan Shakespeare Festival will open July 6 at the Baughman Theatre in Jackson and re-open July 28 at the Village Theatre of Canton. This year’s productions include The Taming of the Shrew and Julius Caesar, as well as Chekhov’s The Seagull.
The Taming of the Shrew, which will from July 6 through August 11, reunites director John Neville-Andrews with MSF artistic associate David Blixt and current producing artistic director Janice L Blixt in the show that brought them all together 20 years ago.
In The Taming of the Shrew, wealthy merchant Baptista Minola has a dilemma: arranging marriages for his daughters. His youngest, the vivacious Bianca, is as desired as his eldest, the headstrong Katherine, is feared. So the Paduan patriarch hatches a brilliant plan: no one will marry Bianca until Katherine herself has been to the altar. Enter Petruchio of Verona. His father’s death has forced him to seek a wealthy wife. By chance his friend Hortensio is one of Bianca’s suitors, and Petruchio agrees to help his friend—and himself—by wooing Katherine for her generous dowry. What follows is a hilarious battle of wills and genders where victory means learning the rules of the game.