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on to  theater reviews u.s.a. jim's biography  

"the taming of the shrew"    1972   directed by frank dunlop          the young vic, london

reviewer   robert cushman        plays and players
"jim dale's petruchio is no roaring boy; forswearing his own brand of comic rhetoric he emerges as an unexpectedly quietist performer but possessed with a level of intensity that makes his victory as secure as would any amount of whip-cracking. part of the performance derives of course from the mere fact that it is mr. dale who is giving it."

reviewer     simon koster
"jim dale was a phenomenal petruchio, as quick of movement as of tongue and radiating a catching humor."

reviewer    p.w.b.           the stage
"humor in thick bold strokes is the essence, the keynote of this "shrew". and how could it be otherwise with jim dale's petruchio, a bantam-weight, but spry and sprightly, with a very deft touch and mocking air and ably extracting all the fun from the part. his isn't a gutsy, roaring petruchio, more of a jolly machiavelli, cunning and plotting his taming, and in such a way as to get the most laughs from it."