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.PDAQS Breast Cancer Awareness with Pink Ribbon Women Canvas shoes oldskoo Slip on shoes Low topLelehwhge Women's Open Toe Flowers Chunky Mid Heel Sandals Silver 8.5 M US.Genuine Leather Soft Outsole Woman Flat Sandals Soft Casual Women Sandals SummerSexy Leopard Super High Heels Luxury Party Womens Pumps Dress shoes Pointed Toe Ladies Stilettos Heel 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, Women's Casual Back Zipper Suede Leopard Print Pointed Toe Fit Leg shoes Esharing Middle Heel Single BootsWYMBS Women's shoes Autumn Winter in The Tube Rough with Round Head Martin Boots Sequins Short Boots,Wine Red,41is 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,SHINe-Island Women Old Mother Sandals Cow Genuine Leather PU Beach Summer Cool Zipper SizeChes 2019 New Brown Black Gladiator Ladies Sandals Buckle Strap Open Toe Fashion Women high Heels Sandals Size 35-40 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, Lelehwhge Women Walking Flats Height Increasing Swing Wedges shoes Ladies Summer Mesh Fashion Breathable Casual shoes Pink 5 M USJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Sexy Fine-Heeled Waterproof Night Club with Button Sandals Romethen 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 boneJQfashion Women's high-Heeled shoes Sexy Transparent PVC Pointed Sandals Serpentine Printed Roman shoes,Jia Jia Women's Bridal 2018D Peep Toe Hight Heel Satin Wedding shoesHuangKang 2019 New Summer Sandals Women Stiletto Cut Out Lines Sexy High Heels Champagne Ladies Party Zipper 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’. Peony red Woman Slippers Lady Fashion Ladies 2019 Summer Sexy Decorate High Heel Slippers Casual Beach Flip-Flops Sandals Home Slippers
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;JQfashion Women's High-Heeled Sandals Roman shoes Mesh Hollow Breathable Pointed Thin-Heeled Summer Women's shoesJQfashion Women's High-Heeled shoes Nail Pearl High-Heeled Sandals Sexy Tip Fine-Heeled Roman 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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