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.Comfortable and beautiful ladies sandals Fashion Casual Beach shoes Flat Slippers Male Adult Sandals.Cycling shoes Cover for Men Women Multi-color Mountain Bike Bicycle Warm shoes Covers Waterproof Windproof Rain Snow Boot Predector Overshoes.Leah Lambert sandal Woman Pointy Flat Slippers Breathable Closed Toe Sandals FlipflopIOJHOIJOIJOIJMO Women Sexy Ankle Boots Lapel Front Open Stilettos Pumps Peep Toe Chelsea Woman Ankle Boots Gladiator Sandals.
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, Window Flowers 183 61 1cm Edge Covered Thick Yoga Mat Hight Quality Anti Slip Waterproof 4Soulength Girls High Heels Women's Stiletto Suede Heels Ladies Point-Toes Sexy Wild Pumpsis 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,Sonder-Store Women Pumps Peep Toe High Heel shoes Sexy Leopard Pattern PumpsSunshine-Family Summer Sandals Sexy Transparent Heel Crystal Open Toed High Heels Buckle Strap Women Square Heels Sandals 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, Mid Heel Mulesppers Ladies Pointed Toe Strange Style Crystal Outside Sandals shoes Women CasualHiviay Sandals for Women Gladiator Canvas Sandal Flat Heel Back Zip Closurethen 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 boneBonrise Women's Lace Up Oxford Loafer shoes Patent Leather Square Toe Mid Heel Brogues Dress Oxfords Pumps,Rainbot Women Pumps Pointed Toe Pumps High Heel Stilettos Slip-On Dress shoes for PartyTunataka Women's Suede T-Strap Pointed Toe Pumps High Heels Sexy Party 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’. Sexy Women Open Toe Pumps Lace up Heels Sandals Woman Ankle Strap Square Cover Heel 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;Getmorebeauty Women's Pink Lace Floral Flowers Wedding shoes High HeelsZombie Jessica Summer Leopard Sandals High Heels Wedges Women Sandals Buckle Strap Comfort Casual Ladies shoes Plus Size 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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