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.CHENXD shoes, Men's Fashion Genuine Leather Loafers Casual Flat Heel Magic Paste Octopus Antiskid Sole Boat MoccasinsMen Boots Army Waterproof Boots Men's Motorcycle Martin Mid Heel Steampunk shoes Motorcycle Western Cowboy Boots Uniform Boots,43.Adidas Pureboost DPR shoes Men's Running 10 Dark Grey Solid-White-Core BlackFESSURA] Mens Mummy shoes Black Outsole Basic Light Square by General Idea.
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, Clorts Men's Sport Sandals 80% PU 20% Mesh Athletic SandalsMen's Casual Sandals Men's Sandals Flat Beach Casual Korean Outdoor Leisure Dual-Use Slippers (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,T.U.K. shoes A9248 Unisex-Adult Creepers, Black Rub Off EZC Brogue shoesNative Apollo Moc Sneaker, Pigeon Grey Shell White Natural Rubber, 8 Men's M US 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, Reebok Mens Zstrike Run Se Running shoesNike Vapor Carbon ELT 2014 TD Football Cleatsthen 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 boneNike Mens Air Max Torch 4 7.5M,CHENXD shoes, Men's Soft Genuine Leather Driving Penny Moccasins Hemp Rope Decor Slip-on LoafersCHENXD shoes, Men's Fashion Low Top Oxford Casual Style Grid Lines Comfortable Formal shoes 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’. Etnies Mens Fader LS shoes Footwear,Black Dirty Wash,13
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