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.GIY Women's Bohemian Retro Bling T-Strap Thong Sandals Comfort Summer Dress Jeweled Flip Flops Flat shoesSYMON-AIR Moccasins shoes Ballerinas Woman Black Comfort with Memory Foam.Comfortable and beautiful ladies sandals Sandals Summer Female Flat Heel Open Toe Single shoesWomen's Flat Sandals Slipper Bohemian Thong Summer Beach shoes Open Toe Slip on Casual shoes for Walking Vacation.
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, AIWEIYi Women Pumps Patch color Square Toe Slip on Thick High Heels Platform Dress shoes BlackAIWEIYi Women Round Toe Pumps Tassel Square Mid Heel Platform Dress shoes Blackis 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 Flat Sandals Lace-up Bohemian Open Toe Summer shoes with Flower Flip Flops White Pink BeigeYuJi Women High Heels Gladiator Sandals Peep Toe Platform shoes Black Ladies Party shoes,gold,9.5 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, JOYBI Women Athletic Gym Wedge Sneakers High Top Cozy Lining Fashion Mixed color Casual Comfy Sports Running shoesMo Duo New Women Sandals High Heels Gladiator shoes Plus Size 34-43 Summer Party High Heel 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 boneSummer Sandals Fashion Sexy Ankle Straps Extreme High Heels Evening Party Wedding shoes,AIWEIYi Womens Over The Knee Thigh High Low Heel Riding Boots Faux Suede Casual Dress shoes BlackAIWEIYi Womens Flat shoes Warm Fur Lining Lace up Motorcycle Martin Boots Snow Boots Black 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’. Round Toe Platform shoes Woman Sexy Sequined Upper High Heels Party Wedding Pumps
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;AIWEIYi Womens Sweet Bow Round Toe Platform High Heels Pumps Slip-on Dress shoes blueeAIWEIYi Womens Lace up Fur Lining Mid Calf Boots Warm Winter Snow Boots Black 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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