(Laura Collins-Hughes’s article appeared in the New York Times, 6/16; via Pam Green.)

The director Julie Taymor was on a quiet rooftop in Shanghai late one recent Saturday night, talking on the phone. She was in China with “The Lion King,” but the topic of conversation was “The Taming of the Shrew.”

It’s a play she relishes, partly because she sees it as being about a profound love and partly because Shakespeare put at its center not the alluring Bianca, a young woman with a queue of eager suitors, but Bianca’s older sister, Kate, who is prickly and brilliant, and whom no man will have.


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