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's shoes Breathable Versatile Leather shoes Men's Casual shoes (color Black, Size 43)Closed-Toe Sandals Mens Real Leather Sports shoes for Outdoors Beach shoes Male Hiking Extra Large Size 38-47.Men Summer Sandals Leather Outdoor Sports Hiking Trekking Sandals Fisherman Beach shoes Open Toe Casual Walking shoes Antiskid Flat Slides Sandals,Brown,40Bike shoes Cover, Waterproof Reflective Cycling shoes Covers, Windproof Bicycle Overshoes Rain Snow Boot Predector Feet Gaiters Happy Together.
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, Men's Business Leather shoes Men's Formal Dress shoes Comfortable Men's Leather shoes (color Black, Size 39)ONEMIX Men's Knitted Sneaker,Leisure Running Walking 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,Ino Slippers for Men Nonchalant Sandals Slip On Style OX Leather Half A Towed shoes Pure Colours Black Diamond Decor(White Diamond is OptionalMen's Oxford shoes Genuine Leather Brogues Business Flats Formal Dress Party Work Wedding Pointed-Toe Lace-ups 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, Outdoor Sneakers for Mens Increased Sneakers Men's Outdoor Running Casual Fashion Versatile Wear (color Grey, Size 40)Sdxgsfdhgdf Comfortable Men's Business Casual shoes Men's Oxford shoes lace Style Business Dress shoes Convenientthen 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 boneSummer Men's Beach shoes, Non-Slip Fashion Casual Sandals and Slippers,Adidas ZX Flux W - B35318Women's SAS, Freetime Lace up Sneaker MOCHA 11.5 N 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’. Haiyao Baotou sdals summer hole breathable men's beach
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;Adidas Stan Smith Up Women's Sneakers Size US 7, Regular Width, color Black CreamIndian Wholesale 50 pc lot Bulk Mandala Ombre Hippie Assorted Bag Tribal Boho Shoulder & Handbag Ethnic Cotton Messenger Carry Bag With Shoulder Strap Tote Purse For Ladies by Craft Place CAD-88 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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