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.Pacific Trail Lawson Women's shoes Size 6Comolife stylish all weather rainshoes , comfortable , color Black , Size (Ladies) 6.5-7 (8.97-9.16 In).Autumn and Winter in Europe with Simple Casual Boots Boots Martin CrudeAusland Women's Classic Leather Ankle Winter Boots Short Snow Boots A5854.
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, Colnsky Women's Trendy Ankle High Strappy Buckle Peep Toe Chunky Mid Stack Heel Bootie SandalsWeenFashion Women's Buckle High Heels Frosted Solid Peep Toe Sandalsis 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 Men's Slippers Men House Slippers Memory Foam Warm Indoor Outdoor Anti-Skid Rubber Sole Slip On shoes House shoes Indoor Outdoor (color Brown, Size 7 US)QPGGP-Slippers Spring and Autumn Couples Indoor Indoor Wooden Floor Slippers 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, Byjia Little Kid Lace-Up shoes Girls Canvas Jazz Dance Boots Elastic Modern Lace-Up Stage Ballet Dance shoes Boot Soft Sole for Men WomenWeenFashion Women's Imitated Suede Solid Buckle Round Closed Toe High-Heels Pumps-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 boneABBY Products 7130 Dance shoes for Women Latin Ballroom Wedding Ankle Straps Peep Toe D-Orsay,WeenFashion Women's Solid High Heels Buckle Round Closed Toe Pumps-shoes with CharmsWomen Sandals Summer Hing Heel White Black Wedges shoes for Women Platform Sandalias,White,8.5 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’. Reinhar Sparkly Two Tone Metallic Evening Pumps Dress Pump Sequined Bridal shoes Prom Heels
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;F1rst Rate Knee High Boots Women,Soft Leather Knee Boots Comfortable Long Riding BootsOctopus Jellyfish Crab Women Cool Fashion Running shoes Funny Active 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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