The Taming of the Shrew: Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Seattle

Production photo from The Taming of the Shrew: Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Seattle

Author: William Shakespeare
Petruchio: Chuck Hudson

Revival and Tour of 1995 Production

Hudson proves surprising: you never know when he’ll spring a back-flip on you. The graceful, pony-tailed actor brings physicality to Petruchio’s machismo with rooster struts and flaps. But he also injects moments of regretful tenderness into his maltreatment of Kate, making that dreaded line ‘I must be cruel to be kind almost palatable. Misha Berson, Seattle Times

Smooth, yet tightly coiled, Chuck Hudson (Petruchio) remains the centerpiece of this production. Long passages of verse melt on his tongue at the same time as he’s springing into somersaults and handstands, or propelling himself into the air off two straight legs like a tapping cane. And despite his bravura, he’s a team player. Jean Lenihan, Seattle Times