Encore for ‘Taming of the Shrew’

  • Adam Boisselle, Alex Picard and Katie Coe appear in New England College’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Courtesy of Erin Nicholson Smith

  • Adam Boisselle, Bill O’Donnell and Ian Harte appear in a scene from New England College's "The Taming of the Shrew." unknown—Erin Nicholson Smith

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Open Door Theatre at New England College will be performing encore performances of The Taming of the Shrew this weekend.

Shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at 58 Depot Hill Road, Henniker.

The play is an adaptation by Don Melander of William Shakespeare’s comedic play.

In it is the sort of courtship between Petruchio and the shrew, Katherina, an assertive and willful woman who is tortured until compliant.

After tricking Katherina into marrying him, Petruchio withholds food and clothing from her, saying they aren’t good enough for her.

Ultimately, he brainwashes her to agree with everything he says, no matter how absurd.

Meanwhile, Katherina’s sister, Bianca, is much more compliant and desirable as a bride. She had lots of suitors vying for her attention.

Katherina’s father has said Bianca cannot wed until her older sister has, which leads to secret rendez-vous and lots of mistaken identities.

As Bianca’s wedding day arrives, chaos ensues.

Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and $8 for the New England College community.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Open Door Theatre’s version of the play.

Monitor staff