Performance History – Taming of the Shrew

As the play has been performed overtime, why has [sic] some of the more violent and ‘real’ abusive (not physically) scenes been minimized? Does it not add to the play to demonstrate these realities on stage to make the play come alive?

 

Even though women were not on the stage, did they have roles behind the stage such as creating costumes?

 

It seems that women have been regarded as inferior to men for a long time, however, what was the defining point in history where a major shift can be noted in terms of women gaining not only rights, but a shift away from patrilocal and virilocal control?
Were any of Shakespeare’s plays written for the characters to be performed with masks? If not, have any of his plays been adapted to incorporate these masks and how were they received by audiences?

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