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.Ladies Winter Boots Plush Lined Winter Ankle BootsCOLOV Womens Mesh Toning Rocker shoes Slip on Fitness shoes Lightweight Ladies Soft Sports Walking Tennis shoes Wedges Platform shoes.Aiweijia Summer Dancing shoes Women's Sports shoes Fitness Run Hiking shoesHuicai Ladies Practice shoes Solid color Rubber Sole shoes Latin Dance 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, Tebapi Womens Low-Heeled Sandal shoes Spring and Summer Women's shoes Pointed Mixed colors Slippers Square Heel Sets Semi SlippersHUGSIDEA Cat Face Print Casual Platform Sneakers Round Toe Low Cut shoesis 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,NCAA Womens Woglitter Thong Flip FlopU-MAC Heart Sharped Crystal Clip Toe Sandals for Women Low Heel Platform Flip Flops Fashion Summer Slip On Walking Beach shoes 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, Size 43 Slippers Women Muller Low Heel shoes Butterfly-Knot Slippers Pointed Toe Leather shoesAGoGo Knee High Woman Boots Tall Classic Canvas Sky High Lace up Stylish Punk Flat Sneaker Bootsthen 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 boneBlowfish Women's Vianna Fashion Boot, Black Spindal Polyurethane, 6 Medium US,Gjsonmv Nasty Pig Year with Money mesh Lightweight shoes for Women Comfortable Sports Tennis Sneakers shoesGjsonmv Little Cartoon Pig My Best Friend mesh Lightweight shoes for Women Fashion Sports Track Sneakers shoes 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’. Womens Thongs Flip Flops Lace String Bead Beach Flowers Footwears High Heels Platform Slides Wedges Sandals for Girls 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;Gjsonmv Many More Dogs Beautiful Poster mesh Lightweight shoes for Women Casual Sports Baseball Sneakers shoesGjsonmv Red Hearts Valentine Day mesh Lightweight shoes for Women Cool Sports Baseball Sneakers 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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