A new "Shrew" with Westerly Shakespeare in the park

Marion Markham plays Katherina, and Paul Romero is Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew."
Marion Markham plays Katherina, and Paul Romero is Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew." T. Rick Jones

Colonial Theatre's latest Shakespeare-in-the-park - meaning Westerly's Wilcox Park - production calls upon two longtime favorites to fill the lead roles.

The show is "The Taming of the Shrew," and the titular shrew Katherina is being played by Marion Markham, who has appeared in many Colonial shows. She's been in New York productions and on TV, too, and she's a resident cabaret artist at the Ocean House in Watch Hill.

She'll be paired with Paul Romero as Petruchio. Romero has made a reputation for bringing comic moments every time he steps onto the Westerly stage - and he's been in 10 Shakespeare plays here before. He's done all sorts of other acting, too, in everything from "Law and Order" to The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington productions to, most recently, Judd Apatow's upcoming film "Can a Song Save Your Life?"

Among the other Westerly returnees are Ed Franklin and Enriqué Bravo.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

"The Taming of the Shrew," Wilcox Park, Route 1, Westerly; Colonial Theatre presents Shakespeare in the Park; opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 18; 8 p.m. Tues.-Sun.; free, with $10 donation suggested; thecolonialtheater.org.

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