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.Williess Men shoes Breathable Mesh Casual shoes Men's Mesh Sports shoes (color White, Size 44)Meipa Time Drive Loafer for Men Boat Moccasins Slip On Style OX Leather Jackanapes Round Toe.Reebok Men's Furylite Chukka So, Burgundy,10 M USAvenger Safety Footwear Men's 7241 Steel Toe Hiking shoes.
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, Xin yeah Men Slippers Breathable Comfortable Leather Sandals Summer Flip-Flops Big SizeCHENXD shoes, Men's Flat Slip On Round Toe Drving Loafer shoes Genuine Leather Casual Hand Sewing Linedis 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,Adidas Real Deal (Joy bluee) Basketball shoesDiadora Men's Scuddetto LT Indoor Soccer 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, Adidas Santiossage Sandal (Toddler Little Kid Big Kid)Ino Oxford shoes for Men Schematic shoes Lace Up Style Microfiber Leather Height Increasing Insole Causal Businessthen 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 boneLace-Up Leather shoes Men's Brogues Style shoes Wedding Fashionable Business Comfortable Casual Flat Footwear,Hhujchas Comfortable Men's Fashion Sneakers Casual Comfort Belt Simple Solid color Flexible wear-Resistant Sneakers Wear ResistantYffsfzk Summer Bathroom Slippers Men and Women Indoor Home Cartoon Non-Slip Home Bath Cute Non-Slip Sandals and Slippers 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’. Mens Army Military shoes Patrol Leather Combat Boots Outdoor Desert Cadet Security Armed Jungle Lace Anti-Slip Footwear,Sand,46
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;Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Top Sneaker (12 B(M) US Women 10 D(M) US Men, Black)SugaTan 2019 Summer Men Flip Flop Beach Mens Slippers Casual Office Leather Male Footwear Sea Water shoes 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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