I am always so distraught when I think about 10 Things I Hate About You, a movie which was inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Watching Heath Ledger in one of his first film roles, trying to win the heart of a very stubborn Julia Stiles by singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," melts this writer's heart every time. Then you realize that he is no longer around to sing foolishly while outrunning the cops and that just makes you sad all over again.
Upon finding out that the Hunger Artists Theatre Company's production of The Taming of the Shrew was set in a modern-day Italian restaurant, my mind immediately went to the aforementioned teen movie. Yet upon watching the Hunger Artists' version of the play, I realized that The Taming of the Shrew storyline does not age well and, when performed in a contemporary setting, the original story's flaws are made painfully clear.
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Actually, on second thought, The Taming of the Shrew does echo the plot of many romantic-comedies these days where the women are all loud, shrewish characters in need of a man's love. So maybe Shakespeare really was on to something revolutionary when he wrote the play.
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW AT THE HUNGER ARTISTS THEATRE COMPANY. 699-A STATE COLLEGE BLVD, FULLERTON, (714) 680-6803. FRI.-SAT., 8 P.M.; SUN., 7 P.M. THROUGH AUG. 16.