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.MINIVOG Women's Square Buckle Pointed Toe Patent High Pump shoesWomens Square Low Heels Ankle Boots Fashion Mixed colors Stretch Socks Slip On Round Toe Booties.Imagine Vince Camuto Womens Im-OVA Dress PumpForever Long Size 31-43 Office Lady High Heel Sandals Women Bowknot Ankle Strap Summer shoes Thick Heel Sandals.
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, Women Booties,Ladies Martin Boots Flat Thick with Heeled Heel Lace Up Lace-up Combat Army Ankle BootsRocket Dog Womens Spotlight2 Stapleton Cotton Flip Flopis 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,Womens Sandals Platforms shoes 14cm High Heel Platform Clogs Summer SlippersE-LOV Pink Watermelon Hand-Painted Canvas shoes Low Cut Sneakers Hook and Loop Strap Personalized Casual shoes for Women and Men 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, April With You Thin Heel Sandals Women Concise Design Line Buckles Style Open Toe Stiletto Heel SandalsFergalicious Womens Honey Heeled Sandalthen 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 boneNike Women's Vandal Low Ankle-High Fashion Sneaker,Women High-Top Casual shoes Outdoor Youth Sports Non-Slip Wear-Resistant Delicate Anti-Shock Shock AbsorptionPink-star New Women Sandals Sexy Super high Heels shoes Woman Platform shoes T-Strap Rivet Women 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’. Minkun Elegant Woman's shoes Commuter shoes Shallow Mouth high Heels Fashion Casual shoes Pumps shoes
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;Webb Perkin Women Stretch Slim Fashion High Heels shoes Female Sexy Thigh high Boot Lady Over The Knee High BootsHigh end Women's Flat PVC Indoor Monster Slippers Women Fashion Non-Slip Fox Fur Slippers Women Beach Flip Flops Women Slides Hot,As Photo Shows,7 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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