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THEATER | 'The Taming of the Shrew'


WallByrd Theatre Company's theatrical presentations each receive an unexpected but somehow appropriate spin on the stories — take its 2017 staging of "Macbeth" set in a post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-esque world, for example. This month WallByrd is presents Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," fittingly mixed with the art of clowning, and directed and designed by company founder Virginia Monte. The comedy has been reinterpreted in cinema: "Kiss Me Kate" came out in 1953, and lead character Katherine was reframed as a modern feminist in 1999's "10 Things I Hate About You." Katherine's mild-mannered younger sister can't get hitched until her strong-willed elder sis subjugates herself to a man. The story follows (eventual) lovers Petruchio and Katherine from their insult-slinging battle of wits (and some extremely problematic actions on Petruchio's part) to a tidy resolution.

The family-friendly show features music, acrobatics, and slapstick humor, and continues through Sunday, April 15 at Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue. Thursdays through Saturdays, April 5-7 and April 12-14, at 8 p.m.; Sundays April 8 and 15, at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $18.