You may remember it as a tale of a patriarchal society, in which fathers call the shots in their children’s nuptials. Or, you may know it as the story of a headstrong woman who matches wits with the man who tries to “tame” her.
In this version of “The Taming of the Shrew,” it’s the story of students at an all-girls school who are preparing for an audition. They take on the roles of Lucentio, who wishes to marry the beautiful Bianca. But Bianca can’t be wed until a husband is found for her older sister, Katherina – the “shrew” of the story. The scoundrel Petruchio capitalizes on this situation and takes on Katherina as a romantic challenge in order to gain wealth.
Rather than focusing on the more common themes of the patriarchal society or marriage as an economic arrangement, the shortened script highlights Kate as a character who does not conform to the expectations of those around her.
“The Taming of the Shrew” is presented by the USC Department of Theatre and Dance. Directed by Marybeth Gorman, the show’s final performance is at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lab Theatre, 1400 Wheat Street (between Sumter and Pickens, across from Blatt PE Center). Tickets are $5 at the door.