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The Taming of the Shrew
Off Broadway, Baruch Performing Arts Center, TGW Acting Studio

Reviewed by Shani Friedman

BOTTOM LINE: A talented and enthusiastic company brings the comedy in Shakespeare’s controversial play but leaves the interpreting of the battle of the sexes up to the audience.

I’m a somewhat reluctant Shakespeare fan, having resisted reading or seeing any of his plays (save for the required Romeo and Juliet) until college. My exposure to The Taming of the Shrew, in particular, was, like with many modern theatergoers, limited to pop culture: a 1980s episode of "Moonlighting," the movie 10 Things I Hate About You and Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me Kate. Shakespeare’s original comes with a long history of debate about...

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