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.AIWEIYi Womens Round Toe Thick Sole Loafers Tassel Wedges Platform shoes BlackClarks Womens Verdict Green Charcoal Suede Sneakers 6.5 B - Medium.Sexy Women Thin high Heels Patent Women Pumps Party shoes,Black Patent 12cm,9SXHDMY High-Heeled Women's Rubber Fashion Personality Sexy Stiletto Work shoes Spring and Summer 9CM 5 colors high Heels (color D-2, Size EU39 UK6 CN39).
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, Longbao 2019 Heels Sandals Women Cross Strappy Genuine Leather shoes Woman RetroJOYBI Women Clip Toe Slides Sandal Summer Non-Skid Thick Soled Slip-On Wedges Platform High Heels 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 Sandals Open Toe PU Zipper High Heel Ankle Credver Strappy Buckle Bow-Knot Stiletto shoes for Lady Pointed Pumps shoes for Night Club PartyWomen's Flat Sandals Gladiator Summer shoes Flip Flops Ankle Strap Zipper at Back Casual shoes for Walking Vacation 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, Sexy high Heels Red Graffiti colorful Stiletto Women Pumps Wedding shoesYuJi Women Sandals High Heels Ladies Summer shoes Open Toe Ankle Strap shoes Block Heels shoes,Black,10then 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 boneGood-Memories 2019 Spring New Shallow Mouth Round Head Super High Heel Waterproof Platform Stiletto Women's shoes JXQ-512-1,GIY Women's Walking shoes Casual Lightweight Lace-up Slip On Hidden Heel Platform Wedge SneakersGIY Women's T-Strap Flats Thong Slip-on Wedge Sandals Flip Flop 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’. XDLEX Women's Strappy Caged Snakeskin Mid-Calf Boots Stiletto Roman Hollow Out Pumps Studded Metallic Cover Buckles Straps Faux Leather Belts Heels Booties
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;Dearfoams Womens Cable Knit Boot SlipperSbicca Womens Hackney Ankle Boot 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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