The show explores themes about modern American political extremism, feminism, beauty queens, James Madison, the Democratic Republic of America, the GOP, Liberal angst and Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The Taming opens on October 14 at Alliance.
A crackling modern political farce, The Taming hilariously takes on America’s overheated political rhetoric and upends historical truths about our founding fathers. When a conservative senatorial aid, a liberal political activist, and a very sparkly beauty queen find themselves locked in a hotel room, the political passions of these slightly insane women prove they might just be revolutionary geniuses.
Initially inspired by The Taming of The Shrew, Gunderson’s farce The Taming grew out of her desire to wrestle with potent elements inside the Bard’s playful and problematic battle of the sexes. Inside the heightened, cheerfully absurd world of The Taming, Gunderson spanks America’s sound bite politics with the switch of actual history and proves Shakespeare’s point that true debate is hot.
Performances are October 14 – 30 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays at 8 PM with one Sunday matinee on October 30 at 2 PM. Tickets are $24 or $11 for students with proper ID. Thursday nights are “buy one get one half off.” Alliance for the Arts Member Theatre Night is Friday, October 14 and tickets are $15. Season subscription packages are also available. Buy 7 shows for $133 ($19 per ticket), 6 shows for $120 ($20 a ticket), or 5 shows for $110 ($22 per ticket).