Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 09, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Director Mel Shapiro apparently went to the summer-stock storage closet and pulled out every prop and costume he could lay his hands on, from every era, in an attempt to pump up his Shakespeare into something freewheeling and suitable to outdoor viewing (in Central Park). And still his production of Taming of the Sherew sits there, a not-too-funny, rather-too-long comedy of the sexes, with unsupervised overacting from every player except the strapping and athletic Allison Janney and Jay O. Sanders, who play an opaque Kate and Petruchio with businesslike skill. C+

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