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The Taming of the Shrew performance in Stratford was a bit different from what I had imagined Many characters had completely different appearances and some even had different personalities For example Bianca was not beautiful as she was supposed to be in the play In fact Kate who was supposed to be shrewish and ugly looked better than her The setting was also different - the play was supposed to be set in Italy 16th or 17th century but it was performed in a Western style with 18th century technology guns trains and setting That was unexpected and I think it detracted from the atmosphere a bit I would have enjoyed a play more if it was performed as it was supposed to be performed - not changed to help the people who didnt bother reading the book to understand it better There were several types of comedy in the play such as slapstick and situational comedy A good example of slapstick is when Kate and Petruchio were fighting and Petruchio was protecting Kate from the overcooked food - dishes went flying and the audience exploded into laughter The other type of comedy - situational - is when the audience knows why to laugh but the people in the play supposedly have no idea about whats going on An example of such a situation is when Petruchio and Kate met the real Vincentio heading for Padua to see his son The audience knows that the substitute Vincentio is already in Padua but the characters themselves dont Stereo-typed characters were abundant in the play such as Grumio Bianca and Baptista Minola They all behaved as they were supposed to and the audience could easily predict what they would do next For example Bianca the younger daughter was well-behaved and anyone could predict that she would go inside when her father told her to Baptista Minola was stereotyped because he like all other fathers wanted to pick
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