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.Call It Spring Womens Asadolla Block Fashionable and Stylish Heel Sandals Black 11 M USRHFDVGDS thick heels short boots pointy boots Martin sexy boots high heel Lady boots Spring ankle boots.Menbur DURCAL 006281 Women's Sandals high Heel Silver Stiletto StyleBaffin EPIC-J001-BAK-4; Youth Eiger Boot Made by Baffin.
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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,Sloggers Women's Waterproof Rain and Garden shoes with Comfort Insole, Spring Surprise pink, Size 10, Style 5118SSRS10Women's Fashion PVC Rhinestone Stud Stiletto High Heel Sandals for Wedding, Evening Party, Prom 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.
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