Monday, July 29, 2013

REVIEW: "The Tamer Tamed" by Dennis Sparks

The Tamer Tamed—Artists Rep—SW Portland

This Shakespearean-type comedy is written by John Fletcher and directed by Michael Nehring. The production is under the umbrella of the Portland Shakespeare Project, Artistic Director, Michael Mendelson. It is playing in repertory with Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew through August 4th at the Artists Rep’s space on SW Alder and 16th. For more information and/or tickets, go to their web at or call 503-241-1278.

Battle of the Sexes

Fletcher was a contemporary of Shakespeare’s and wrote this play as a sequel to “…Shrew.” It may be the first feminist play, as women, at this time, weren’t even allowed on the stage as actors. It is rarely performed but is a good reaction to Shrew, where the wife becomes subservient to her husband. In this case, the tables are reversed and Petruchio (Peter Platt) must submit to his new wife’s demands before he they can consummate their marriage. And his new lady, Maria (Kayla Lian), has demanded clothes and liberty, as well as respect for a woman’s rights...

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