The TAMER TAMED
By John Fletcher
This comedic sequel and ''reply'' to THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by seventeenth century playwright John Fletcher switches the gender roles of the Shakespeare play: here the women seek to tame the men. Fletcher was widely celebrated in his day, collaborated with Shakespeare on at least three plays, and no doubt wrote this play to attract Shakespeare's attention. When Katherine (the ''shrew'' of the original) dies, Petruchio takes a second wife, Maria, who suddenly denounces her former mildness and vows not to sleep with Petruchio until she ''turn him and bend him as [she] list, and mold him into a babe again.'' Plot twists and comedic exchanges lead to Petruchio finally being ''tamed'' in the eyes of Maria and the play ends with the two happily reconciled.