THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Fort Canning Park/Wednesday
A man and a woman are caught in a blistering exchange of words.
First, there is laughter from the audience, when the woman reprimands her cocky suitor: "Asses are made to bear, and so are you."
But those chuckles immediately choke out when the man unleashes his retort: "Women are made to bear, and so are you."
Shakespeare's problematic play, laden with misogynistic barbs and outrageous gender stereotypes, has never been an easy story to tell.
Wealthy Italian lord Baptista Minola has no shortage of suitors for his demure younger daughter, Bianca, but is at a loss when it comes to marrying off his "shrewish" elder daughter, the headstrong Katherina - or Kate for short.
He comes up with a plan: These suitors can whisk Bianca away only when someone has the guts to marry Kate.
Enter Petruchio, who takes it upon himself to woo, marry and bed Kate, and make an obedient wife out of her.