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.Roma Leathers 7092 Dual Handled Red Genuine Leather Concealed PurseKirabon High Heel Stack Lace High-Heeled Roman Ladies Stiletto Versatile High-Heeled Sandals (color Black, Size 35).Lacoste Women's Carnaby Evo 118 7 SPW SneakerBoutique 9 Women's Nickeya1 Peep-Toe Pump.
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, Thick High Heel Boots High Heels European and American Fashion Snake Tattoo Sexy Pointed Boots Boots Wild Trend Women's BootsWomen's Ladies Slingback Slippers Heeled Sandals Stiletto Heels shoes Pumps Rivet Slip On Open Toe Dress Slide shoes Blackis 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,XUERUI Ms High Heels Stilettos Sandals Pointed Single shoes Suede Wedding Graduation Fashion Sexy 9cm Heel (color Black, Size EU36 UK3.5 CN35)CITYCLASSIFIED City Classified NASA Comfort Womens Strappy Rhinestone Open Toe Low Heel Heeled-Sandals,Silver N,8.5 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, Saxon Womens Ladies Syntovia Tall Dress BootsSpring Step Womens Conchetta Oxfordthen 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 boneKEESKY Leather Loafers Women shoes Size 8 Comfort Leather Boat shoes Black,T-JULY Women Fashion Winter Round Toe Boots Ladies Flat with Comfortable Zipper Keep Warm Mid Calf BootsT-JULY Pink Boots Sexy High Heels shoes Platform Ankle Boots Women Botas Thin Heels Night High Heels Boots 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’. CN-Porter Women Loafers Slip On Platform Sneakers Comfort Mesh Walking shoes
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