No, for real, a troupe of Cambridge University actors is set to descend upon Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre for a one-night-only production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
The Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST), established in 2000 under the patronage of Dame Judi Dench, has been making stops at Gannon for years (much to the delight of GU’s theatre communications department — trust me, as an alum. It was an annual highlight). CAST’s aim is to bring Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible in the eastern colonies, or, ah, the United States.
And why wouldn’t you want to see The Taming of the Shrew? It’s a tale of romance and revenge, of a flirtatious young woman who can’t get married until her older sister — the titular shrew — is successfully wooed herself. (Some questionable schemes ensue, because toying with women’s hearts and calling them shrews is hilarious.)
So here’s your homework: since this is literally a teenage romantic comedy for the ages, go watch 10 Things I Hate About You (Heath Ledger! Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Late ‘90s nostalgia!) and then go see The Taming of the Shrew. — Sara Toth