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'The Taming of the Shrew' is given a playful touch at Griffith Park
'The Taming of the Shrew' is given a playful touch at Griffith Park

Sometimes I wish Shakespeare had written a different version of “The Taming of the Shrew” — one in which the shrew is “tamed” with, say, empathy and affection instead of torture. These anachronistic fantasies flared up at the Independent Shakespeare Co.’s playful Griffith Park production last weekend. Every time Petruchio (Luis Galindo) discussed his plan to deprive Kate (ISC artistic director Melissa Chalsma) of food and sleep, the younger members of my party would look up from their snack-heaped picnic blanket and hiss, “But why?” Until somebody turns up a lost draft in a Stratford-upon-Avon attic, though, this “Shrew,”...

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