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.Silgreens Disabled Elderly Needs Womens Mens Therapeutic Slippers with Adjustable Closures-Northside Womens Bishop Snow Boot.Sunny Doll 2019 New Women Pumps High Thin Heel Pointed Toe Fashion Sexy Office Ladies Female High HeelsDecoStain Women's Over The Knee Black Boots.
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, Vitalo Womens Lace Up High Heel Pointed Toe Ankle Boots Autumn Winter BootiesAdeeSu Womens Flats-shoes Closed-Toe Buckle Ankle-Strap Heeled Not_Water_Resistant Manmade Cold Lining Floral Urethane Flats shoes SLC03463is 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,KKEPO& Square Open Toe High Heel Rhinestone Sandal Women Slippers Clip Toes Beach shoesSkull Floral and Swallow Fashion Sneakers for Women New Quick-Drying Running shoes 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, SKULLP Funny Corgi Puppies White Girls Sneakers Women Cool Comfortable Lightweight Male Running shoesHUANGDAISY Unisex shoes Sugar Cake Casual Canvas Loafers for Bia Kids Girl Or Menthen 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 boneHUANGDAISY Unisex shoes Cute golden Dog Casual Canvas Loafers for Bia Kids Girl Or Men,RizaBina Women Classic Low Heel Boots Pull onSaraIris Women's Chunky Mid Heel shoes Office Casual Pumps 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’. Ting room Women Flat Casual Loafers shoes Woman Round Toe Soft Female Footwear Slip on Straw Hemp Rope Bow-tie shoes Plus Size 42
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;SoftMoc Women's Bali Supreme Lined Ballerina MoccasinAll-About-Us Women High Heels Plus Size Embroidery Pumps Flower Ankle Strap shoes Female Two Piece Sexy Party Wedding Pointed Toe,Beige,8.5 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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