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  Shrew'd! at First Folio Theatre


First Folio Theatre
1717 W. 31st St Oak Brook

Set in a 1930's Chicago jazz club, SHREW'D! follows the lives of two sisters - the tempestuous songwriter, Kate, who simply doesn't have time for a man, and her sister, Bianca, an up-and-coming dance sensation. While trying to make their mark in their father's nightclub, the sisters meet Petruchio and Lucentio, two mugs who fall for them like the proverbial ton of bricks. A blend of Shakespeare's dialogue and original music and lyrics with a Chicago twist provides an unparalleled fusion of the original story and modern adaptation to set this story in the 21st century.

Thru - Aug 19, 2018

Wednesdays: 8:15pm
Thursdays: 8:15pm
Fridays: 8:15pm
Saturdays: 8:15pm
Sundays: 8:15pm

Price: $34-$44

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 630-986-8067

Running Time: 2hrs, 10mins; one intermission

  Shrew'd! Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Kriz's score lands squarely in the light jazz-and-pop songbook of the 1930s, masterfully rendered by a three-piece band of keyboardist Kevin Reeks, bassist Jake Saleh and drummer Andy Wilmoth (supplemented occasionally by flute and trumpet by ensemble members). Some of the Chicago references get laid on a bit thick, but "Shrew'd!" makes the case that finding someone who challenges you without trying to change you is a, well, shrewd recipe for romantic success."
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Kerry Reid

Daily Herald - Somewhat Recommended

"...In "Shrew'd!" -- a breezy new musical adapted from William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" -- co-writers and lyricists David Rice and Lydia Hiller make palatable the sour notes that conclude this comedy about a man's efforts to "tame" an independent, willful woman."
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Barbara Vitello

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...The show itself is intermittently charming. Some of Shakespeare’s best lines are preserved—and Miller’s sprightly direction and Ericka Mac’s choreography keep things moving. Clocking in at a little more than two hours with intermission, Shrew’d! is over before you know it."
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Jack Helbig

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...I always look forward to the evenings I spend watching First Folio's Shakespeare under the stars. Somehow, that atmosphere - an outdoor stage set in the lush Mayslake Peabody Estate - transports me into Shakespeare's world. That stage has been transformed into a 1930's Chicago jazz club as the backdrop for "Shrew'd", First Folio's brand new musical based on Shakespeare's misogynistic comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew". I fell in love with this show listening to the very first song, "City of Dreams", a tribute to Chicago. Don't miss "Shrew'd"!"
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Carol Moore

Chicagoland Musical Theatre - Somewhat Recommended

"...However, this adaptation does not fair nearly as well in addressing the romantic focus of the play. Given that the strengths of this production lie specifically in light-hearted comedy, Rice’s and Hiller’s decision to shift the relationship between Petruchio (played in this production by Christopher W. Jones) and Katherine (played by Sierra Schnack) toward a serious “meeting of minds” presents jarring tonal dissonance in the work as a whole. Lucentio and Bianca play in the space of a riotously witty farce, while Petruchio and Katherine sing cloying want songs to the audience in the dramatic space of a soap opera."
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Quinn Rigg

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   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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