Continuing our interest and enjoyment of Shakespearean plays, the Front Range Forum proudly presents two comedic works by William Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew & The Merchant of Venice - plays categorized as comedies - or are they comedies? Our emphasis will be not only focusing on the plays per se but also focusing on two female characters - to wit: Katarina (Shrew) and Portia (Merchant). The eight-week course will be divided into two parts: The first four weeks appreciating The Taming of the Shrew; the second four weeks enjoying The Merchant of Venice. The course will emphasize both class participation and discussion. Who can forget the following line from Shrew: "Who wooed in haste, and means to wed in leisure" (Act 3, Sc.2); and a timely line from Merchant: "But love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit" (Act 2, Sc. 6).