‘Shrew’ In Cincinnati

Director Jemma Levy discusses The Taming of the Shrew, now in rehearsal at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and opening this week. Jemma shares her thoughts about this famously complicated play and reveals that she considers it a feminist romantic comedy; how she emphasizes its themes of performance and the shifting relationships of masters and servants; her belief that Shakespeare’s women are always the smartest people on the stage; how we watch Katherine and Petruchio’s first “meet-cute,” then fall in love and learn each other’s moves in real time; the theatrical and thematic value of including the audience; the fun of putting a bar onstage; and how Shrew compares with another complicated Shakespeare “comedy,” The Merchant of Venice. (Length 20:45)

Episode 486. Merchant Of Venice

”Tiger Reel has directed several productions of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and he talks about the discoveries he’s made working on this fascinating and difficult play. Featuring the struggles of creating human characters, juggling tones, training a young padawan, possibly inappropriate comparisons to Comedy of Errors, the importance of finding the right Portia Read more…

Episode 188. Reading The Reviews

”We review the reviews from our run of Completely Hollywood (abridged) at the Kennedy Center. Featuring uninformed opinions (ours), raves, pans, how to survive the critical fraternity, and a special appearance by DC institution Arch Campbell. (MP3. Length 18:33)