Hortensio ( Litio )

The punk of the 1500s

Taming of the Shrew - OK Shakespeare in the Park

Hortensio

A bland young man who is outsmarted in his campaign to win Bianca, Hortensio is an appropriate character to enter, ludicrously pale for fear, to report Kate’s assault on him with a lute, thus providing an image of the 'shrew' of the title at her worst. After losing Bianca, Hortensio turns to a Widow who has pursued him. He visits the country house of Petruchio to observe that character's shrew-taming techniques, but it is unclear at the play's end whether Hortensio will be strong enough to use them when he needs them, for the Widow proves to be a formidable shrew herself