I'm taking a little time off from this blog to concentrate my energies on my role in the Sacramento Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's classic comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew." Terrific cast, hilarious concept (set in the Wild West), and a high-energy romp from showdown to hoedown. For those of you who know the play, I'm playing Hortensio--for those of you who don't, I'm playing Bill Daly's Major Healey to Larry Hagman's Major Nelson from "I Dream of Jeannie".
The play gets a lot of criticism from people who think the premise is misogynistic--some macho man "taming" a spirited, independent woman. On the surface, it certainly reads like that...but on closer inspection, the leading man goes through a remarkable transformation as he finally realizes that he genuinely admires and adores his wildcat of a wife.
My 6-year old daughter has been fascinated by the production pictures, and just the other day, she looked at a photo of Petruchio and Kate in a combat pose and said to me, "Daddy, this man really needs to marry the girl because he's sad and needs someone to love him." WOW. She was absolutely right--this confirmed bachelor who has "come to wive it wealthily in Padua" needs a partner of equal strength and passion to share his life.
Understanding why we need to have certain kinds of people as friends or lovers is more important than the need itself. And the ability to cultivate and appreciate those relationships carries one of the keys to happiness. Let the special people in your life know just how special they are today!