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.Gabor Selina Womens Zip Classic Leather Ankle BootsDOSOMI Women's Fashion Comfy Flock Pumps Thin high Heel Thigh High Over The Knee Boots.OTBT Women's Gamine 2 Ballet FlatsHoxekle Fashion Women Boots Sexy Laces Roud Toe Fabric Over Knee High Boots Western Square Heel shoes Woman Boot.
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, Wellrox Women's Evo-Casey Vegan Wellness Casual SandalsHigh Heels, Pointed Sexy Super High-Heeled Laser gold Dragon Pattern Shallow Mouth shoes, Black 9cm (color Black, Size 7 US)is 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,High top Women Casual shoes Hidden Heels Height Increase 10cm Hidden Heels Wedge Sneakers Lace Up shoesHoxekle Woman Canvas Loafers Platform Wedge High Heel Casual Soft Spring Autumn Walking Running Black White 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, Winter Women Over The Knee Boots Slip-On Round Toe Square High Heels shoes Flock Elegant Thight Height BootsHoxekle Women Over The Knee High Boots Slip On Pointed Toe High Thin Heel Winter Fashion Ladies Sexy Party Long Bootsthen 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 boneWomen Knee-high Boots Fashion Woman High Heels Winter Boots Women's shoes Zipper Buckle Boots,Jiang Womens's shoes Academy Sneakers,2018 Fall shoes,Harajuku Style Ladies Casual shoes,for Shopping Running Dating SneakersNike Women's W Free RN Motion FK 2017, BLACK WHITE-DARK GREY-VOLT 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’. Hoxekle Women Winter Ankle Boot High Heel Platform Faxu Fur Fashion Party Outdoor Winter Short Female 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;Diesel Womens Magnete Exposure Iv W - Sneaker Mid SneakerManitu Home Damen Hausschuhe red, 340174-41 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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