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.Irregular Choice Womens Wanderlust bluee White Stripe High Heel shoes SizeT-JULY Women's Sexy Over-The-Knee Boots Stylish Cut-Outs Pointed Toe Thin Heels Boots Black shoes Size 35-40.T-JULY Womens Ladies Fashion Wedge Platform Leather Open Toe Sandals with Buckle Ankle Strap Slip on Comfy Dress SlippersASICS Gel-Upcourt Women's Indoor Court shoes - SS17.
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, Van Eli Alwy Women's Slip OnSteve Madden Women's Sabrinah Pumpis 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,Skechers Performance Women's Go Run 400 Action Running shoesKirabon Women's High Heel Sexy Open Toe High Heel Fish Mouth Sandals (color Black, Size 36) 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, Women 's winter snow boots cowhide Button boots warm hairy fluffy cotton shoes ( color Brown , Size US 5\UK 4\EUR 35 )Ruanyi Professional Latin Dancing shoes, bluee and Pink Latin Dance shoes 8.5cm Heel Salsa Dancing shoes for Womenthen 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 boneCambridge Select Women's Pointed Toe Studded Mid Heel Ankle Bootie,GTVERNH Women's shoes shoes Women Spring and Autumn Baitie Pointed 8Cm High Heels Knitting Fine Heels Fashion Boots Cat HeelsJa-vie Comfy Jelly Knit Flats, Chain Flame Nude 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’. Women's Long Boots, Suede Ladies Dress shoes Thigh High Over The Knee Sexy Hollow Boots Straps Pointed Boots Party & Evening (color Black, Size 35)
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;Real Sheepskin Women Slippers Warm Non-Slip Ladie Home shoes Winter Suede Slippers Indoor Home shoesSam Edelman Womens Beatris Slide Sandal 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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