The 2003 ‘Regime Change’ season at Shakespeare’s Globe saw the theatre belatedly extend its original practices experiments – which had included a number of productions with all-male casts – to a single-sex, women-led company, performing Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew in repertory. Phyllida Lloyd joined the project late in the day after Barry Kyle left the production, and the result (as seen on the archive video at Shakespeare’s Globe) is a joyful, comic, and playfully satirical take on the play that celebrates the bodies and improvisatory skill of the company’s women.Kenneth Cole REACTION Womens Tole Booth Heeled SandalConverse Ct Spec Ox Strong bluee Sneakers.CYBLING Womens Flatform Wedge Sandal Chunky Open Toe Thick Sole Casual Roman SandalsLady's shoes New Sexy High Heel Women Pumps Elegant Lady Dress shoes Gradient color Supper Pumps Party & Evening (color B, Size 39).
For Lloyd’s company, men are a species unto themselves. Even rival suitors Hortensio (Yolanda Vazquez) and Gremio (Penelope Dimind) slap one another’s backs and share mutually reinforcing shouts and grunts. Petruchio, when he emerges in the imposing six-foot form of Janet McTeer, IWlxz Women's shoes Patent Leather Spring Summer Sandals Stiletto Heel Silver bluee golden Wedding Party & Evening Party & EveningFish mouth high-heeled shoes classic fish mouth high-heeled shoes street a classic fish mouth high-heeled shoesis the most alpha of the males, embodying a slightly swaggering but entirely self-possessed confidence that brooks no argument.
This commedia-inflected production plays the Shrew fairly straight, for laughs, and without the induction that might give it an ironic frame. Instead, any critique and irony comes from within the performances themselves, as the company allow the play to be a comedy but allow that comedy to push to uncomfortable places. Kathryn Hunter’s Katherina is a spoiled woman-child, stamping her feet and shouting wordlessly when she doesn’t get her way,Mens Converse All Star Hi Top Chuck Taylor Chucks Sneakers Casual Trainers - Navy - 7Webb Perkin Women Square Heel Booties Side Zipper Party Office shoes Short Boots Lady Ankle Boots Fashion Round Toe and in the early scenes Petruchio brilliantly turns this against her when informing the other men that they have agreed she will do this – when she stamps, the men clap and cheer her; when she shouts, they turn it into a huzzah, depriving her of her best weapons. Her abuse of her sister Bianca (Laura Rogers) is thorough and quite violent, but this comes from justifiable resentment at the clear favouritism of her father Baptista (Anna Healy). Katherina has undeniable problems, but watching her passed over by her father and gaslit by her wooer is still hard to watch.
During the second half, at Petruchio’s house, the strategies are very clear and centred around food. In a clever move, Lloyd brings onstage Petruchio’s spaniel Troilus, an actor in a dog costume, who takes an immediate dislike to Katherina; Katherina tries to flee from the dog, Ghssheh Women's Sexy Studded Rivets Buckle Strap Chunky High Heel Platform Ankle Booties Round Toe Lace Up Short Boots with Side Zipper Brown 4.5 M USWomen Gothic Punk Boots Boots Platform Lace up Casual Boots Fashion Calf Boots Grip Sole Short Boots Waterproof Sizethen beats it with a broom, leaving it whimpering away to get the sympathy of the servants. Later, Katherina sneaks up to the dog while it and Grumio sleep to steal its boneSTEVEN by Steve Madden Womens Gator Fashion Sneaker,Womens Fashion Peep Toe High Heels Platforms Thin Heels Sandals Party shoes blueeWeenFashion Women's Pull On Pointed Closed Toe Kitten Heels Patent Leather Solid Pumps shoes her hunger absolutely desperate by this point. Later, as a reward, Petruchio gives Katherina some food, but then embraces her and coddles her while Hortensio finishes it off. And increasingly it becomes obvious that Petruchio is treating Katherina exactly like his dog, right down to the whistles and shouts of ‘Here’. Aworth Women High Heels Sandals Fashion Patent Leather Buckle Square Heels Summer Party shoes Ethnic Style Big Size
The comedy of the production is sincere, then, but leads to uncomfortable positions. Hunter’s virtuoso physical skills allow her to be tumbled upside down when she fights against Petruchio, and to be carried around the stage in all kinds of undignified postures;ERSER Beach Portuguese Podengo Dogs Minimalist Running shoes Women RoadERSER Beach Australian Cattle Dog Vegan Running shoes Women yet the audience’s laughter seems to doubly imply both recognition of her skill and enjoyment of her subjugation. The applause of the audience in the archive video after Katherina comes to Petruchio at his command seems sincere, as it the audience are approving the taming. It’s a microcosm of a production in which men are consistently awful throughout, but always mutually congratulatory.
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