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joel hanes

he was playing John Proctor in The Crucible.

Who played Abby ?

It's sort of a tradition for the actors in those two roles to have a hot little affair during and for a while after the production.

Me? I was one of the judges.

Bill Hicks

You make a great point about this play. And Liz Taylor did one hell of a fine job with "Taming," and made that final speech ironic, just like you're suggesting. As usual, you're right on the money. --Bill H.


Bill, thanks. I'm sure, though, that I'm mostly just channeling the two teachers who co-directed that production of Shrew back in high school. They were a great team and they loved that play.

They were also two of the best teachers I ever had.

Joel, I laughed out loud when I read your question, but it would require too much dredging up of high school soap operatics to explain why. Short answer, no. Abigail was played by one of my very best friends and I was busy dealing with the carry over from the behind the scenes drama of Shrew.

Jim 7

I also played John Procter in high school. The poor lug deserved better.


In fairness, Lance, who uses the word "shrew" as it refers to a woman of character these days? The producers probably felt a need to dumb it down, and as you point out, "bitch" would have been accurate but would have given the OC folks palpitations. Given their profuse apologies for the final speech, it sort of makes sense they tiptoed on the shrew bit.

Oh...and best Kate I ever saw was Tracie Ullman. I don't know if the Public taped that show (Helen Hunt was Bianca, and Morgan Freeman Petruchio. *shrug* It worked.).

Also. Ten Things I Hate About You. Heath Ledger as Petruchio.

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