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.Adidas Men's Cloudfoam Refresh Mid Mid-Top Fabric Basketball shoesCasual attitude JALAYACE Derby shoes & Brogues Men Camel Derby shoes.White Sandals Motion Slippers beach shoes leather men's summer outdoor no heel beach shoes walking Beach shoes (color Black, Size 40 US8.5)Grey VALLEgreen 13819 Mocassins Man.
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, FHCGMX Winter Warm With Snow Boots For Mens Male shoes Men Adult Sneakers Casual Non-Slip Walking Footwear Mid-CalfJosef Seibel Rudi 33, Men’s Desert Bootsis 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,Brown Men's Winter Leather Boots Tooling New Men's shoes Plus Velvet Warm Cotton shoes Outdoor Hiking Casual Martin Boots Men's Casual shoes Outdoor shoesBlack Easy Go Shopping Leather Peas shoes Men's Lightweight Foot Lazy shoes Cricket shoes (color bluee, Size 45) 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, Hollwo Brown 2019 Men's shoes Loafers Slip on Men's Driving Penny Loafers Patch Vamp Slip-on Casual Boat Moccasins Soft Rubber Sole (color Brown, Size 5.5 UK)Black JIALUN-shoes Men's Casual Simple Winter Faux Fleece Inside High Top Boot(Conventional Optional) Men's Fashion Ankle Work Bootthen 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 boneBlack XIANGBAO-Personality Men's Simple Fashion Ankle Boots Casual Comfortable Light and High Top Outsole Boots(Warm Velvet Optional),New Balance Classic Traditionnel Grey Youths TrainersAdidas Unisex Adults' EQT Support Adv Fitness 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’. - THE NORTH FACE Terra GTX Mid Men's Walking Boots
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;Adidas Men’s Running La Trainer Low-Top SneakersAdidas Mens NMD_R1 Trainer in Black Grey 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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