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.Uieort Lightweight Pink colorful Animal Dogs Womens Slip On Canvas shoes LightweightUieort Funny Pineapple Womens Lace up Sneakers shoes Lightweight.WENNEW Summer Bohemian Open Toe Sandals Beads Monotone Toe Enceinte Size SandalsHUANGDAISY shoes Play Cats Slip-on Canvas Loafer for Women.
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, Uieort Mexico Skull and Flowers Womens Lace up Sneakers shoes ComfortableUieort Tropical Watermelon Fruit Womens Lace Up Sneakers shoes Rubber Soleis 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,HUANGDAISY shoes Pugs Couple Slip-on Canvas Loafer for WomenHUANGDAISY shoes colorful Sprinkles Flower Slip-on Canvas Loafer for Women 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, Spyman Women's Leather Sandals New Summer Roman Leather Flat Sandals Fashion Platform Casual shoes Women's Large Size Sandals 34-45Hip-gift Girls Kids Sandal Jazz Dance shoes Soft Genuine Leatherthen 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 boneLarge Size Ballet Flats Women Soft Knot Pointed Toe Comfort shoes (color Brown, Size CA 11),Uieort Haloween Skeletons Skulls Womens Slip On Canvas shoes CasualWeiPoot Women's Pull-On Round Closed Toe Kitten-Heels PU Low-Top Boots with Rivet 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’. Kyle Walsh Pa Women Kitten-Heel Pumps Pointed Toe Ladies Stylish Low-Heel Office Working shoes
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