One of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and frequently performed comedies, The Taming of the Shrew remains far ahead of its time in the ways it examines and eviscerates classism and sexism. The play opens in the Civic’s studio theatre on Friday, and it’s in good hands: Director David Baker previously helmed the theater’s steampunk take on The Tempest. The plot of Shrew has been ripped off and repurposed countless times since the 16th century — as a Western in 1963’s McLintock!, a teen comedy in 10 Things I Hate About You, an R-rated romantic farce in Deliver Us from Eva and as a Broadway musical in Kiss Me, Kate, which is actually set to premiere on the Civic’s main stage on May 19.
Fri, April 28 through Sun, May 21: Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $27 • Spokane Civic Theatre • 1020 N. Howard • spokanecivictheatre.com • 325-2507
— Nathan Weinbender