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.Off-white (Optic White Optic White) Cycleur de luxe Men's's Frankfurt DerbysMulticolour (Light Bone Sport Tur 004) Nike Men's Air Max Flair 50 Running shoes.- FeiNianJSh Men's Genuine Leather Boat shoes Driving Penny Loafers Moccasins Rubber Studs Sole shoes (color Coffee, Size 10 UK)B YAXUAN Mens Casual Sneakers, Running shoes 2019 Autumn Men's Casual shoes Fashion Sports shoes Students Tide shoes.
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, White Fred Perry B5148 Trainers ManBrown Men's shoes Hand-stitched Men's shoes Business shoes Casual Men's Leather shoes With Square Head shoes Cricket shoes (color Brown, Size 45)is 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,D YAXUAN New Breathable Basketball shoes Men's High Boots Wear-resistant Shock Absorbing Sports shoes Basketball Student shoesblue Pétrole Marco Bonelli et Colwood Men's Lace-Up Flats 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, Brown Men's Hollow Casual shoes Non-slip Convenient Velcro Sneakers Cozy Breathable Loafers Sleeve Mesh shoesBrown Yingsssq Fashion Genuine Leather Non-slip Flip Flops Slippers Men's Sandals for Everyday Life Beach (color Black, Size 39)then 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 bone80013 - Black Utility Diadora - Low Work shoes D-Formula Low S1P SRC ESD for Man and Woman,Dark bluee TED BAKER MENS BRONZO CHELSEA BOOTS- Dsx Trainers Summer Sports shoes, Hollowed-Out Mesh Casual shoes (24.0-27.0Cm), black, 41EU 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’. Cream-coloured BND-SHOES ,Men's Ankle Boots Casual Personality OX Leather Large Size Suede High Top Work shoes Durable,Stand Wear and Tear (color Yellow, Size 9 UK)
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