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.Hiviay Peep Toe Leather Women Summer Sandals Thick High Heels Ladies shoesLazy&Sexy-Heels Summer shoes Woman Casual Flat with Sandals Women Crystal Sandals Women Casual Female shoes.NZZNB Women's Bag Fashion Large-Capacity Handbag Designer Shoulder Bag Classic Elegant Satchel Tote Purse Top-Handle HandbagsRseobl 2019 Casual Womens shoes Genuine Leather Women Loafers Fashion Slip On Women Flats 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, KennsGations Genuine Leather Snow Boots Women Boots Warm Winter shoes for WomenTUYPSHOES Stiletto High Heel shoes for Women Pointed, Closed Toe Classic Slip On Dress Pumpsis 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,Retro Peep Toe Sandals Women Buckle Ankle Strappy for Ladies Summer Fashion Flat Lace Up 5 cm High Heels Leather Slingback Platform shoes Casual Comfy Espadrilles (Black),Black,42Women Sandals Summer Ankle Strap Sandals Flip Flops shoes Flat Sandal,Red,5 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, Yeenvan 2019 Sandales women Flat Sandals for Women shoes De women Zapatillas women,Beige,42,Women Orthotic Sandals Comfortable Big Toe Correction for Plantar Fasciitis Stylish Beach Flip Flops Fits Most Feet,gold,35then 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 boneAaron-Store Women Slip On Omelet shoes Round Toe Easy to Carry Ballet Flats Comfortable Bow Knot shoes,DoraTasia Women's Punk Embossed Leathr Faux Fur Platform Buckle Strap Mid Calf BootsLucksender Womens Fashion Platform Wedge Heels Sandals Slippers 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’. Linson123 Running shoes Women Fashion Wild Casual shoes mesh Breathable Sports shoes Men
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;DBLAKI Fashion Classic Suede Mid Calf Boot Womens Outdoor Anti Slip Winter Ankle Sneaker Warm Fur Cotton Snow BootsFormerly Slow Heel Mules shoes Women Cane Weaving Slippers Female Slides Ladies Slippers Women Slides 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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