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.Kanyeah Women Slippers High Heels Glitter Sandals Lady Bling Mules Pearl Female Footwear Black Beige Bridal shoes2019 summer new word strap women's sandals back zipper student beach women's shoes.Women Canvas shoes Casual Flats Breathable Solid Solid High Top Women Casual shoes SneakersHigh Heels Womens Sandals Transparent Crystal Heel Model T Stage Sexy Lady Heeled shoes 35-43,1459,12.
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, Be fearless Women Loafers Flat shoes Platform Breathable Woman Sneakers Rhinestone Casual shoesGIY Women's Flip Flops Floral Flat Sandals Flower Comfortable Thong Summer Beach Slippersis 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,Women's Open Toe Ankle Strap Platform Stiletto High Heeled Sandals Evening Dress Pumps shoesMostand heeled-sandals High Thin Heels Spring Autumn T-Strap Buckle Strap Retro Round Toe 911866 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, Oasrs 11Cm Thin High Heels Sandals Women Open Toe Cross Rap Leather Heels Wedding Party Ladies shoesJQfashion Women's High Heels Sexy Pointed Snake Pattern Boots Spring and Autumnthen 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 boneKSOWE3KD Womens Men's Lace Up Canvas shoes Thin Red Line Subdued American Flag2 Designer Unisex Sports shoes,Low-top sneakers spring and summer Round retro shoes chunky heels Laced shoesLifeStride Womens Galso Wedge Pump 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’. KSOWE3KD Women's Man Lace Up Flat shoes Math Equations Science Scientific Popular Unisex Walking shoes
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;Beach Summer Outdoor shoes Swimming Slipper On Surf shoes Skin Sock Mesh Quick Dry shoesJQSM Sbody Bag Fashion Women Bag Women Purses and Handbags Designer Brand Ladies Hand Bags Pu Leather Chain Shoulder Bag 751 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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