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.Soft Leather Business Casual shoes Pointed Breathable Sets of Feet Low shoes Men's Men's Leather shoes Cortical (color Black, Size 40)Ino Durable Driving Loafer for Men Boat Moccasins Slip On Style OX Leather Metaldecor Comfortable Round Toe.Linmatealliance Outdoor&Sports Outdoor&Sports shoes Knit Upper Breathable Sport Sock Boots Chunky Sneakers High Top Running shoes for Men Women, shoes Size 44(Black)Linmatealliance Outdoor&Sports shoes Zhenzu Outdoor Sporting Professional Training 3D Stereoscopic Print Antislip Football shoes, EU Size 30(Grey).
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, Lydianzishangwu Men's Fashion Sneaker Men's Fashion Driving Loafers Casual Simple Low Top Slip On Pure color Flexible Boat Moccasins shoes BreathableTAAVETTI Men's Formal Brown Handmade Leather Barnes Oxford shoesis 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,Anstorematealliance Outdoor&Sports shoes PU Air Cushion Low-top Sports Casual shoes for Men (color Black Size 39)SHUX Hiking shoes, Walking, Anti-Splashing, Anti-Skid, wear-Resistant Outdoor Sports Walking shoes-colour7-44 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, MKJYDM Europe and The United States Autumn and Winter New Leather British Personality High to Help Leather Boots Pointed Men's Boots Martin Boots Hair Stylist shoes Men's Leather shoesMKJYDM British Leather shoes Men's Leather Strap Engraving Elegant Men's Wedding shoes Non-Slip Men's shoes Dress shoes 37-46 Yards Men's Leather shoes (color Black, Size 46)then 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 boneMens Vintage Handmade Leather shoes Casual Genuine Leather Lace ups shoes Big Toe Derby shoes for Formal Dress shoes Footwear,A,43,Gino Romano Brogue shoes for Men - Full Grain Premium Leather and Imported silverinian Leather Sole BlackMen's Fashion Sneaker Leather Sports Beach Men's shoes Breathable Casual Men's shoes Men's Baotou Sandals Breathable 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’. JaHGDU Mens Slip on Canvas shoes Trainers shoes Driving Leisure Outdoor Travel Leisure Comfortable Soft Casual Outdoor Wild 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;Williess Breathable Coconut shoes, Flying Woven Sets of Feet, Couples, Casual Sports Men's shoes (color Red, Size 41)Summer Men's Beach shoes, Non-Slip Fashion Casual Sandals and Slippers 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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