The Man Trap: STC’s The Taming of the Shrew and Mosaic Theatre’s When January Feels Like Summer, reviewed.
The cast and audience at the intermezzo of “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
Vaughn Ryan Midder and Jeremy Keith Hunter in “When January Feels Like Summer” (Stan Barouh)
Rick Hammerly as the Contessa, Peter Gadiot as Petruchio, Maulik Pancholy as Katherina, and Oliver Thornton as Bianca in “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
The cast of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. (Scott Suchman)
Shravan Amin and Jeremy Keith Hunter in “When January Feels Like Summer” (Stan Barouh)
Lynette Rathnam and Jason B. McIntosh in “When January Feels Like Summer.” (Stan Barouh)
Maulik Pancholy as Katherina and Peter Gadiot as Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew.” (Scott Suchman)
Directors have reckoned with the misogyny of The Taming of the Shrew in many ways. Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s fix — cast only men, and let the female characters express themselves via covers of old songs from Duncan Sheik, a man — is at least, and most, strange. I review Iskandar’s perplexing boys-only Shakespeare Theatre Company Shrew in today’s Washington City Paper.
Also reviewed: Mosaic Theatre of DC’s When January Feels Like Summer, a shaky play featuring a rock-steady cast. Jeremy Keith Hunter apparently had a small role in Studio Theatre’s Chimerica, a show I loved last year, but I don’t remember him from that. He’s brilliant in January, though.
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