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.Bearpaw Women's Lauren Winter Boot, Chocolate, 11 M USWomen Fashion High Heel Pointed Toe Ankle Straps Studs Stiletto Heeled Sandals.Ino Fashion Pool Slides for Men Unfeigned Leather Summer Beach Slippers Outdoor Holiday Zipper Anti-Slip Monotone Waterproof Quick-Drying Round Open ToeSandals Summer Breathable Lightweight Woven Knit Beach Sandals Retro Casual Punk Style Openwork Men's 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, INC International Concepts Womens Kailey Suede Open Toe, Black Suede, Size 9.5Jeffrey Campbell Women's Lita Bootieis 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,Turf Soccer shoes for Men Kids Indoor Soccer Cleats shoes Superfly Traning Football Boots Boys TF Futsal SneakersAnstorematealliance Outdoor&Sports shoes 5 Pairs Polyester-Cotton Gel Anti-Foot Heel Dry Cracking Moisturizing Socks Predection Sleeve,Random color Delivery 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, Sneakers Leather Tide shoes Men Casual shoes Trend Running shoesMUJUN Fashion Tropical Summer Beach Outdoor Casual Lightweight Waterproof Sandals for Men Comfort Leisure Water shoes Slip On Style OX Leather Hook&Loop Strap Hollow Flexible Elastic Decorthen 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 boneWilliess Men's shoes Fly Woven Breathable Sets of Feet Casual Running shoes Men (color bluee, Size 43),RocSoc Women's 8169 Cocoa Size 6 MVionic Women's Rest BellaII Toepost Sandal Black Lizard 9N US US 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’. Hiking shoes for Men's Outdoor Sport Casual Sandals Beach shoes Anti-Skid Cross Country shoes for Trekking Walking Mesh Breathable Sneaker for Camping
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;Fly London Pype Cupido Mousse, color Beige;Size 38Fumak Fashion Black Mid-Calf Boots Women shoes Genuine Leather Thick Heel Female Soft Boots Handmade Lady 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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