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Kiss Me, Kate

7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 pm Sundays through Aug. 25., Thursday August 01 | $15-$30.
In its second production of the summer, Clackamas Repertory Theatre remains in the past. The company opened its season with Harvey, a 1944 trifle about a man whose best friend is an imaginary rabbit, and now David Smith-English directs Cole Porter’s 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate. The comedy follows the fiery relationship—onstage and off—of a recently divorced couple starring in a musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of a Shrew. This rendition is lighthearted and enjoyable, though campy at times. It teeters toward exaggerated schmaltz, but playfully raunchy humor and strong lead singing voices give some vitality. Merideth Kaye Clark, who plays Kate, has a soprano voice as clear and angelic as a Disney movie princess\'s. Standout supporting actors Doren Elias and Michael Mitchell play devious, Godfather-style mobsters, chomping on cigars and affecting convincing Brooklyn accents. The first act lags, but the entertaining dance number “Too Darn Hot” livens things up for the second act. Clackamas Rep caters to the traditional tastes of its suburban, gray-haired audience, and on that front, this production delivers. Those looking for less hammy fare, though, might want to go elsewhere.

Where: Clackamas Community College, Osterman Theatre
Phone: 594-6047
Address: 19600 S Molalla Ave.
Website: http://www.clackamasrep.org/

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