Three Shrew Plays
Barry Gaines, Margaret Maurer
Hackett Publishing Company, 2010 - Drama - 240 pages
Unusual among Shakespeare's plays in that it drew theatrical responses from the outset, "The Taming of the Shrew" continues to inspire adaptations and interpretations that respond to its fascinating, if provocative, representation of a husband's dominance of his wife.
This annotated collection of three early modern English plays allows readers to explore the relationship between Shakespeare's "Shrew" and two closely related plays of the same genre, the earlier of which, the anonymous "The Taming of a Shrew" (whether inspired by Shakespeare's play or vice-versa), once enjoyed a level of popularity that likely surpassed that of Shakespeare's play.
The editors' Introduction brilliantly illuminates points of comparison between the three, their larger themes included, and convincingly argues that Shakespeare's Shrew is seen all the more vividly when the anonymous "A Shrew" and Fletcher's table-turning "The Tamer Tamed" are waiting in the wings.