Thursday, February 14, 2008

Women are from Venus, Men are from Mullingar

I caught the Rough Magic production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew recently. It's a glorious production, with Pauline McGlynn and Owen Roe in the lead roles (as Katherina and Petruchio respectively).

The production's setting of the play in rural Ireland (circa 1960) is brilliant - and once again shows the power of Shakespeare's works to talk to us centuries after they were first penned. It also highlights some of the eternal verities of gender politics and married life.

So despite our online dating algorithms and scientific understanding of kissing, we are all of us (on the day that's in it) still confronted with the same delicious and delightful turbulence that is love, romance and, occasionally, the battle of the sexes.

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