The Taming of the Shrew

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Overview

This made-for-television adaptation of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco's acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy focuses on the broad humor of the piece, using a minimal stage set and con brio performances to put the focus squarely on the characters and the actors performing them. A successful merchant is trying to marry off his two single daughters. Bianca (Sandra Shotwell) is well-mannered and quiet, while her sister Katherina (Fredi Olster) is brash, brusque, and has no...
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Overview

This made-for-television adaptation of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco's acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy focuses on the broad humor of the piece, using a minimal stage set and con brio performances to put the focus squarely on the characters and the actors performing them. A successful merchant is trying to marry off his two single daughters. Bianca (Sandra Shotwell) is well-mannered and quiet, while her sister Katherina (Fredi Olster) is brash, brusque, and has no qualms about saying what she wants when she wants. When dashing Petruchio (Marc Singer) arrives on the scene, it's hoped he'll ask for Bianca's hand in marriage, but he instead finds himself drawn to Katherina; she, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with him, and his bid to win her heart becomes a comedic battle of the wills. Keep your eyes peeled for future L.A. Law star Harry Hamlin in a supporting role. The Taming of the Shrew was produced for the PBS anthology series American Playhouse, where it first aired in 1976.
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Special Features

Chaptering for easy access to all acts of every play; Indexing to easily locate key segments; A conversation with director William Ball; Previews of other Broadway Theatre Archive plays
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • UPC: 032031262294
  • Original Release: 1976
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  • Source: Kultur Video
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,324

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fredi Olster
Mark Singer
Technical Credits
Kirk Browning Director
Jac Venza Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Taming of the Shrew
1. Act I - Scene 1 [10:47]
2. Act I - Scene 2 [10:45]
3. Act II - Scene 1 [19:35]
4. Act III - Scene 1 [6:29]
5. Act III - Scene 2 [10:26]
6. Act IV - Scene 1 [5:29]
7. Act IV - Scene 2 [3:26]
8. Act IV - Scene 3 [7:47]
9. Act IV - Scene 4 [1:24]
10. Act IV - Scene 5 [4:06]
11. Act V - Scene 1 [7:49]
12. Act V - Scene 2 [11:29]
13. Credits [2:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Taming of the Shrew
   Play
   Scene Selections
   A Conversation With Director William Ball
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best version I've ever seen

    I remember seeing this back in the 70's. It's the version that I've always compared others to when I see them. I'm happy to say that it has stood the test of time and it's just as funny now as it was when the production was live!

    Petruchio's courtship of Katherina is one of the funniest and best examples of physical comedy I've ever seen. I picked this up because I wanted to get my middle-school-aged son interested in Shakespeare's plays. It worked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great performance

    I saw this performance origionally in the last 1970's and have wanted a copy ever since. I finally found the DVD and orfered it immeduately. Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite plays and this particular performance is quite up there as one of the best. The presentation was funny, sincere, athletic and full of classic drama. This is a timeless performance of love, hate and hope. I recommend this video to anyone who wants a life lesson told in a classical way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    Drop dead funny!!!

    This is a must have for anyone who loves comedy and/or Shakespeare! I first saw it in high school. It had all of us in tears of laughter! Great for younger kids, too. Gives them an appreciation for Shakespeare.

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