Our 13th Meetup to see Lauren Gunderson’s hugely-acclaimed satire, THE TAMING at Crowded Fire Theater is one we are not likely to forget! San Francisco’s Broadway World calls it a “crackling modern farce”, one that “hilariously takes on America’s overheated political rhetoric, some surprising truths about our founding fathers, and the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses.”
SFGate’s Robert Hurwitt has some high praise for the production:
“It may not be the solution to the government shutdown, but Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming” provides hilariously pertinent relief from the aggravation. All it takes to start healing the country is a savvy beauty queen, a look at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and a cogent byte from “The Taming of the Shrew” in the Crowded Fire Theater world premiere that opened Monday at Thick House.”
The ensemble of women in this all-female play also get two thumbs up from Hurwitt, who bring to life this political satire:
“The ensuing conflict plays out like an extended, high-quality “Saturday Night Live” sketch. It’s staged by Crowded Fire’s Marissa Wolf with the pinpoint comic timing of a bedroom farce, complete with screwball chase scene, underwear gags (the dignity with which Zdan tries to tuck her shirt into pantyhose is a riot) and slyly developing sexual attractions. Miyuki Bierlein’s vivid costumes add touches of beauty-pageant camp and Founding Father lampoon to the fun.
As for the three leads, well, three cheers to them!
“This time it’s Katherine (Kathryn Zdan) who does the taming. As the delightfully body-proud, super-patriot Miss Georgia, she’s got something bigger in mind for the Miss America pageant than her “talent” offerings. So she’s locked herself in a hotel room with two captive political opposites. Patricia is the manager and brains behind a far-right Southern senator, played by a formidable Marilee Talkington. Bianca (a fierce Marilet Martinez) is a no less doctrinaire, unscrupulous left-wing blogger who seems more invested in self-promotion than preserving an endangered shrew.”
Artists working on the project include:
Lauren Gunderson (playwright); Marissa Wolf (director); Lexie Papedo (Asst. Director); Laura Brueckner and Alicia Coombes (Dramaturgy); Kathryn Zdan* (Katherine); Marilee Talkington* (Patricia); Marilet Martinez (Bianca); Stephanie Buchners (Lighting Design); Madeleine Oldham (Sound Design); Devon LaBelle (Prop Design); Sohaa Mina Smith (Stage Manager); Hannah Westbrook (ASM); Stephanie Alyson Henderson (Production Manager); Tiffany Cothran (Managing Director)
* Member of Actor’s Equity Association
If you were part of the meetup, or have watched this production or plan to, WWSF would love to hear your thoughts! Do share your feedback with us in the comments.
EDITED TO ADD: Comments from the awesome community!
“Laughing so hard at THE TAMING my face hurts. Make your way to the Thick House to see Marilee Talkington, Kathryn Zdan, and Marilet Martinez throw down some of the best lines around.” — Susan McGuire Shay
“This show is like a comedy minefield. I laughed so hard and often, I think I pulled something.” — Reggie D. White
“So you know how some sexist comic every few years comes out and says women aren’t funny… THE TAMING is the most awesome F.U. to those a-holes!” — Evren Odcikin
“These women absolutely rock!” — Lily Tung Crystal
Image courtesy: SFGate