Local Talent Tames the Shrew
Holmdel: WORDontheShore caught a wonderful performance on Friday night. The Holmdel Theatre Company presented “The Taming of the Shrew”. Set in an 125 year old barn turned “theater in the round” about 100 patrons were treated to a stunning performance, chock full of talent from our area.
“The Taming of the Shrew” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare back in the 1500’s. The plot centers on the courtship of Petruchio, played by David Murray, a gentleman of Verona and Katherina, played by Lauren Valasa, the headstrong “shrew”.
Steve Bartlow of Oceanport, plays Baptista, who has sworn not to let his younger daughter Bianca (Alison Gleason) wed until his oldest daughter Katherina has married. Bianca has a number of suitors vying for her hand among them Lucentio (Kevin Karol) yet Katherina has none. Katherina is deemed a Shrew until Petruchio uses reverse psychology to woo her and get that first kiss.
Some great local WORDontheShore talent performed in this Holmdel Theatre Company presentation. Dan Rosen of Little Silver played Tranio, sometimes disguised as the suitor of Bianca when he is dressed as Lucentino, her tutor. Cody Dalton of Oakhurst, as Grumia, a servant of Petruchio, while Heather Wright of West Long Branch played Curtis, another servant. Tom Cox, Oceanport, played the Merchant.
This original Shakespeare play was directed by Tom Frascatore and produced by Rebecca Zaccagnino and the Holmdel Theatre Company. To find out more about the Holmdel Theatre Company go to their web site: www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org