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October 15, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Researchers in the northern Andes believe they have discovered a new species of shrew opossum in Sangay National Park  in a remote part of Ecuador, according to a new article in the Journal of Mammalogy. Only four species of shrew opossum were known to exist in the region, but researchers discovered Caenolestes sangay on the eastern slopes of the Andes in an area disrupted by construction of a highway. By analyzing DNA and more than a dozen other variables, biologists determined that, though the C. sangay closely resembled another of the species, there were significant differences.
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October 15, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Researchers in the northern Andes believe they have discovered a new species of shrew opossum in Sangay National Park  in a remote part of Ecuador, according to a new article in the Journal of Mammalogy. Only four species of shrew opossum were known to exist in the region, but researchers discovered Caenolestes sangay on the eastern slopes of the Andes in an area disrupted by construction of a highway. By analyzing DNA and more than a dozen other variables, biologists determined that, though the C. sangay closely resembled another of the species, there were significant differences.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2000
Either Michael Phillips has finally exposed his Anglophilism by seeking to be counted among the "present-day London critics [who] have officially had it with this 'horrid' . . . 'miserable' . . . 'impossible to stage' . . . Shakespearean comedy" or else he hasn't seen the accomplished productions of "The Taming of the Shrew" that I have seen ("The Beast of a Play That Can't Be Tamed," Aug. 6). These are versions in which Petruchio clearly acts out the male form of the folklore caricature of the shrew, a mask that Katharina has put on as self-defense against a society that prefers style to substance.
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July 13, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler has never liked "The Taming of the Shrew. " "I have no favorite moments in this play," Tyler said. "I first read it in college and disliked it intensely, and I can't say my attitude toward it softened any when I read it again just recently. " Very soon, Tyler is going to get a chance to reimagine and make sense of "The Taming of the Shrew. " She's writing a novel based on the play as part of a project by the publishing house Hogarth to commission novels based on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
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July 28, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Watching Katherine Heigl attempt to inject life into yet another cardboard cut-out of a controlling, manic working woman in "The Ugly Truth," you have to wonder: For this she wants to leave television? Yes, being a movie star is still a bigger deal in America than a being a television star, and "Grey's Anatomy" is battle-weary, but surely the chance to portray a woman who looks like she was constructed of a quiz in Glamour circa 1985 is not why she entered her profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1999 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When an actor raps Shakespearean dialogue on in-line skates, you know you're in trouble. Ashley Carr Jr.'s staging of "The Taming of the Shrew" at Cal Rep's new Edison Theatre is a bread-and-circus Shakespeare of the worst order: shrill, aerobicized and insultingly idiot-proofed. Set in and around Ms. Baptista's boxing gym in modern-day Long Beach, the play has been "freely adapted" by Carr, whose staging is an exercise in distraction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1993 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just a little hint to directors: One clue to a successful production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" is the casting of the seemingly subsidiary role of Grumio, servant to the male lead Petruchio. Director Phillip Beck found an actor whose inventiveness is one of the ingredients that brings this production to life. In Beck's staging at Rancho Santiago College, under the banner of the Professional Actors Conservatory, he not only has a superlative Grumio, he's taken a couple of chances.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2002 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Taming of the Shrew," now on the Festival Stage at the Globe Theatres, is a raucous, stylish, funny froth of gender combat that shoots off sexual sparks like a summer lightning storm. Move over, Liz and Dick. Elizabeth Heflin as the razor-tongued Katherine and Jeffrey Nordling as the "mad-brained rudesby" Petruchio are perfectly matched as the high-octane couple whose wooing, wedding and bedding is the heart of "Shrew."
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August 5, 1994 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; T.H. McCulloh writes regularly about theater for The Times
The Excalibur Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Lionstar Theatre, isn't the first time the play has been treated as commedia dell'arte. It's an obvious choice because of the simplicity of the plot, the colorful flights of humor and the play's tendency to poke fun at itself. Director Thomas W. Ashworth's decision to make some of the action and dialogue slightly anachronistic and to give most of the characters masks has also been done before.
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July 13, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler has never liked "The Taming of the Shrew. " "I have no favorite moments in this play," Tyler said. "I first read it in college and disliked it intensely, and I can't say my attitude toward it softened any when I read it again just recently. " Very soon, Tyler is going to get a chance to reimagine and make sense of "The Taming of the Shrew. " She's writing a novel based on the play as part of a project by the publishing house Hogarth to commission novels based on all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Susan King
With Joss Whedon's contemporary take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" winning the hearts of most critics and earning a tidy $183,000 in just five theaters in its opening weekend, it's the perfect time to brush up on your Shakespeare movies. Here's a no-holds-Bard look, to speak, at some fun facts at previous cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare: The fact that no one could hear Shakespeare's beautiful prose didn't stop filmmakers during the silent era from adaptations of the Bard.
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June 5, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
With summer here, the whirligig of time brings in “The Taming of the Shrew” at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum, and it proves a blissfully madcap occasion. This rip-roaring take on William Shakespeare's ever-popular romantic comedy opens the 40th anniversary season at this incomparable outdoor venue with marvelous forward momentum. Shrewdly trimming text without losing clarity or hilarity, director Ellen Geer achieves a gratifyingly straightforward triumph, avoiding either a deconstruction or a politically corrected revision.
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August 5, 2010 | By Oliver Gettell, Los Angeles Times
Punk rock. Families sprawling on blankets. Shakespeare. It's just another day in the park for the Actors' Gang. The Culver City-based theater troupe is performing "Katie the Curst," a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," through August at Media Park . Director Lisa Wolpe's lively interpretation gives Shakespeare's Padua a 1970s-inspired rock 'n' roll makeover and keeps the excitement high with energetic...
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July 28, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Watching Katherine Heigl attempt to inject life into yet another cardboard cut-out of a controlling, manic working woman in "The Ugly Truth," you have to wonder: For this she wants to leave television? Yes, being a movie star is still a bigger deal in America than a being a television star, and "Grey's Anatomy" is battle-weary, but surely the chance to portray a woman who looks like she was constructed of a quiz in Glamour circa 1985 is not why she entered her profession.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
ABC Family, which may be seen as a kind of network-sized expansion of ABC's old TGIF franchise, continues its assault on the teen demo tonight with "10 Things I Hate About You," a smarter-than-some high school comedy adapted from the 1999 Heath Ledger-Julia Stiles big-screen modernization of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2009 | Philip Brandes;F. Kathleen Foley
Circus Theatricals lives up to its name with a carnival-themed look and feel for the lively revival of "The Taming of the Shrew" that marks the company's return to its former home at the Odyssey Theatre. Set in a dreamlike Italy at the turn of the 20th century, this incarnation of William Shakespeare's classic battle-of-the-sexes romp features Jack Stehlin and Bridget Flanery as the sparring antagonists who wreak havoc on the conventions of courtship and marriage. As Petruchio, Stehlin (who also directed)
NEWS
July 31, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Robert Koehler is a frequent contributor to The Times
When Geoffrey Forward mailed his offer in May, he knew that he was breaking every rule in the book. His letter began: "We are asking you to do something unusual for this, our first produc tion. We are asking you to purchase tickets before we have made our final choice of a play and before we have made our final arrangements for a theater." "Unusual"? How about "outrageous"? "Nuts"?
NEWS
September 21, 1986
We have quit watching "Gimme a Break." It used to be warm and pleasant but it is an "angry" show now with Nell becoming a screaming, mean shrew. Who needs it? Betty Poole, Newport Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Traditional or not traditional? That is the question when directors mount productions of William Shakespeare's plays. Over the decades, theater, movie and even television versions of the Bard's plays have defied convention, some turning them into musicals, samurai action thrillers, films noir and modern-day dramas. Go back as far as MGM's all-star "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" and you'll find Norma Shearer and John Gilbert performing the balcony love scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in the slang of the day, including pig Latin.
SCIENCE
August 2, 2008 | Wendy Hansen, Times Staff Writer
The equivalent of nine glasses of wine a night is just dinner to the pen-tailed tree shrew, a small Malaysian mammal resistant to the effects of chronic drinking, researchers reported Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The shrew's drink of choice is bertam palm nectar, naturally fermented to have an alcohol content up to 3.8% -- just a few tenths of a percent shy of Guinness Draught beer.
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