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.Black (black 000) Sioux Men's Elcino LoafersOcean-kombi Josef Seibel Men's Trainers.Red Brown JIALUN-shoes Men's Fashion Genuine Leather Loafer shoes Slip On Soft Walking Driving Moccasins shoesBrown Hhgold 2018 Men's Leather shoes Breathable Perforation Round Toe Slip-on Flatbed Loafers (color Brown, Size 40 EU) (color Black, Size 41 EU).
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, Black Men's shoes Strong Anti-Skid Safety Work Boots Suede Tie Low Toe Round Toe shoes shoes Cricket shoesbluee adidas Gazelle W Vapor Green Vapor Green Whiteis 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,Navy XIANGBAO-Personality Men's Classic Driving Moccasins Slip On Loafers Comfortable Casual Driving shoes for Menbluee SRY-Fashion shoes Summer Men's Fashion Sandals Casual Sandals Simple Rust-Proof Metal Dual-use Slippers 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, - GPF-fei Men's shoe Loafers shoes Boat shoe Cloth shoes Canvas Round toe shoe Fashion Fashion Soft Breathable Leisure Lightweight,Black,44A YAXUAN shoes Men's Sneakers, Autumn Winter Basketball shoes Men Low Boots Mens Sports shoes Mens shoes Shock Absorption Wear Non-slip 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 boneB YAXUAN shoes Couples Basketball shoes, Spring Fall High Top Sneakers Men Anti-slip Training shoes Women Lace Up Cushioning Basketball Boots,Black (59075black Lion) Ecco SOFT 7 Men’s Hi-Top Sneakers Hi-Top SneakersStone Geox Men's Leather Aerantis Trainers 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’. B ZIXUAP Flying Woven shoes Men's 2019 Spring Mesh Breathable Running shoes Korean Version Of The Wild Air Cushion Sports shoes Trend
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