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20th century actors have this fantastic trick: they use their voices to act. Not in any overly dramatic way, as contemp actors do, but in a very understated and yet perfectly believable manner. These actors were delicious to listen to; really brought the story to life. I felt, listening, that they understood every word they said, which is not an experience that I have had often when Shakespeare is performed. Only one real problem, which is that I've become so used to seeing really strong-minded Katherina's who stay tough as nails the whole way through the play, that I had a moment of surprise when Margaret Leighton took the pitiful route. To sum up, this is a fantastic performance of a classic play ... you may take issue with the story, as I did, but in the end you giggle hysterically anyway.
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