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.Women's High Heel Open Peep Toe Sandal, Ankle Strap Sandals for Dress Wedding Party Evening shoes Clear Strappy Block Chunky,Clear,36CHENSF Fashion Metal Satin Pointed Sequined Rhinestone Bow High Heels.HuangKang Women Sandals 2019 Wedges Summer Casual shoes Buckle Strap Roman Gladiator Sandals WomenWomen shoes Casual Flats Solid Canvas Classic Solid color Women Casual shoes Sneakers.
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, JOYBI Women's Platform Sandals High Height Soft Cushion Non-Slip Sole Ankle Strap Hook Loop Summer Beach Flip FlopsFarJing Women's High Heel shoes Plush Retro Knight Boots Over-The-Knee Bootis 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,JQSM Women Leather Handbag Tassel Luxury Handbags Women Bags Designer Crossbody Bag for Women 2019 Ladies Hand BagIS Gusssy shoes Loafers Genuine Leather Flats Moccasins Casual Women Leisure Lace Up 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, JQSM Brand Bags Handbags Women Sbody Bags for Women Shoulder Bags Messenger Bag Designer Leather HandbagsWomen Ballet Flats shoes for Woman Casual Loafers Single shoesthen 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 boneJOYBI Women's Platform Sneakers Faux Suede Lace-Up Low Top Fashion Casual Walking Height Increase Flat shoes,DoraTasia Women's Lace up Non Slip Chunky Heel Mid Calf BootsEC G4U-E3A27L Women's Canvas Sneakers Classic Lace up Oxfords Students Fashion shoes, Black, Red, White, Navy, Grey 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’. Weback Men's and Women's Athletic Sneakers Casual Style Summer Mesh Breathable Flying Weave A Couple of Running Sneaker for Mens Mens 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;Women's Flat Sandals Metal Decorative Cool Girl Herringbone Simple Roman shoes Ladies Flat Sandals Daily Apartment Flat shoes Beach Sandals (color Beige, Size 6.5 US)Turkish Handmade Funky Comfort 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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