Shakespeare for Everyone

 

2001
St. Francis College
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by William Shakespeare
directed by Liz Shipman

 

Every character, right down to the tailor and the haberdasher, has a strong comic personality . . . making  Baptista a woman, not a man, in this version is inspired since the part goes to Vicki Hirsch, who has wondrous ways of making a character ridiculous but not silly.  And giving Joseph Small the part of the widow is no less astute, for much the same reason.  John McCarthy, Phillip Douglas and Jon Fordham make the three [suitors] such lovable provincial oddballs that you are sorry to leave them when the play ends.  Renée Bucciarelli lets one see, and feel, that Kate’s eventual surrender to Petruchio [Michael Oberlander] is the surest sign of her intelligence—no mean feat of acting.  The play depends on the tone set by these two, and they get it right.

D.J.R. Bruckner, The New York Times

[John] Flaherty, [John] McCarthy, and [Jon] Fordham all glide smoothly in and out of their disguises.  [Michael] Oberlander shapes and reshapes the various elements of his roles into a consistently bawdy and likable fellow. Katherine is never anyone but herself.  [Renée] Bucciarelli . . . expertly creates a ‘modern’ woman who is trapped in the 16th century. [Liz] Shipman brings . . . [Shakespeare] to life intriguingly and seamlessly.

Paulanne Simmons, The Brooklyn Paper

 

 

 

Michael Oberlander (Petruchio) and Vicki Hirsch (Baptista).  Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

CAST

Lucentio

John McCarthy*

Tranio

John Flaherty*

Baptista Minola

Vicki Hirsch*

Gremio

Phillip Douglas*

Katherine

Renée Bucciarelli*

Hortensio

Jon Fordham

Bianca

Sherri Pullum*

Biondello

Frank Smith

Petruchio

MIchael Oberlander*

Grumio

Andrew-Stewart-Jones

Nicka

Amy Schwartzman Brightbill

Curtis

Joseph Small*

Nathaniel

Joe Hamel

Sweetlip

Bev Lacy

Walter

Joe Ryan

Margery

Lara Silva

Nichola

Kym Ward

Joselle

Carrie Edel

Petra

Sabrina Yocono

Rafe

Montserrat Mendez

Sugarsop

Amy Schwartzman Brightbill

A Pedant

Joseph Small*

A Haberdasher Joe Hamel/Bev Lacy
A Tailor Joe Hamel/Monserrat Mendez

Vincentio

Joe Ryan

An Officer Joe Hamel

A Widow

Joseph Small*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA)

CREW

Stage Manager

Montserrat Mendez

Set & Properties

Lucie Chin

Fight Director

Lucie Chin

Costumes & Wigs

Deborah Wright Houston

Composer

Joe Ryan

Musicians

Joe Hamel, Lara Silva, Sabrina Yocono

Dramaturg

Jemma Alix Levy

First Folio Consultant

Janus Auman

Front of House

Shoshona Currier

Press Jonathan Slaff Associates
Programs Joseph Small
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