By Brett Abelman Assistant Dramaturg The Taming of the Shrew is often considered one of the most troubled works in the Shakespearean canon—a misogynistic, painfully outdated “comedy” that is nearly impossible to play straight today. Consider its plot: Suitors wish to marry the sweet and beautiful Bianca. Bianca’s father will not allow her to be […]
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Spoiler alert: Cat is on her period in the opening scene of TAME.
For one of human biology’s most everyday phenomena, the mere mention of menstruation in American theatre remains astoundingly rare; some extensive Internet and library searching revealed only the occasional exception to the rule, from Wendy Wasserstein’s groundbreaking Uncommon Women and Others and the many seminal works of Eve Ensler to Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why and even a fairly recent riot grrrls Fringe rock show entitled On the Rags to Riches.