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The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte)

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Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

About the show

As part of its free Shakespeare in the Park lineup, The Public Theater presents the Bard's zany comedy of the sexes with an all-female cast. Starring Tony winner Janet McTeer and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. More…

Lovely Bianca is the prize to be won by all the men looking to land themselves a wealthy wife. But the competitors will first have to marry off Bianca’s clever, fiery older sister, Katherina, who may just outsmart them all. Tony and Olivier winner Janet McTeer plays Petruchio, the wild outsider Katherina must outwit, in Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy showing the lengths men will go to for their legacy, what women will do to break free, and the outrageous things we all do for the human heart.

Member Reviews (188)


Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious
Avg Score

Director lloyd gets "a" for effort in satirizing shrew's extreme misogyny

See it if /since circus-like atmosphere/props/broad vaudevillian gestures and breaking fourth wall enhance comedy

Don't see it if /though satire of misogyny (beauty pageant frame tale, all-female cast) provocative, production not magical like Shakespeare's best comedies

Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Quirky, Dated

See it if you're interested in an original, unexpected staging of a stale Shakespearean work.

Don't see it if you're a feminist. Despite the all-female cast & director and the attempt to "take back" the story, the misogynistic themes are off-putting

Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if U want to see a female powered amazing, refreshingly creative remake of an often performed play. For Cash Jumbo and Janet McAteer and cast.

Don't see it if You like your Shakepeare to follow his meticulous stage directions. You dislike females in male roles. You love tradition. Can't get tickets

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Original, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to see a phenomenal all women cast try to tackle a very misogynistic play and ALMOST succeed.

Don't see it if Even with great acting, the misogyny of this play is grating & exhausting and hard to get around. Very non-traditional approach to this play

Indulgent, Clever, Slow, Original

See it if you want to see an interesting adaptation of Shakespeare with an all-female cast, some strong acting, & clear intention (love it or hate it)

Don't see it if you find an all-female cast gimmicky or don't like the idea of a beauty pageant being an added framing device to a Shakespeare play

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a Shakespeare play with a modern, engaging twist. This all-female cast is stellar.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare's plays.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you have a crush on Cush Jumbo or want to see Judy Gold give dated Vegas-style "women be..." jokes.

Don't see it if you like a director to just tell the story.

Confusing, Disappointing, Upsetting, Anger-inducing

See it if you want to see free theatre.

Don't see it if sexism and racism are real issues for you, because this production somehow makes this play feel more of both.

Ambitious, Dizzying, Funny, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if see a first-class production spun on its head in setting and gender to often hilarious effect; McTeer and Jumbo shine at the top of cast

Don't see it if Kate's closing speech still rankles sensibilities despite the production spin; not as tight as one might expect from Shakespearian companies

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Quirky

See it if Like your bars twisted and different, want to laugh

Don't see it if Like traditional Shakespeare

Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Clever

See it if you have never seen Taming. You only need one in your lifetime, and at least Lloyd has tried to give it some vitally necessary irony.

Don't see it if the extreme misogyny in the play offends you - it's hard to find a way to stage it. McTeer is amazing, though: she is always worth seeing.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Indulgent, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of McTeer or Jumbo and are eager to reconsider the meanings and implications of the play.

Don't see it if you think "Taming of the Shrew" should be funny.

Slow, Ambitious, Dated, Funny

See it if you have never seen The Taming of the Shrew.

Don't see it if you are looking for something straightforward. I found it pretty incoherent.

Delightful, Clever, Cush jumbo (as kate) & janet mcteer (as petruchio) are the comic coupling of the decade!!, Great acting, Great staging

See it if I waited for FREE tickets 3 times due the hilarity of the show & this Summer's mild weather. Loved CUSH!! Best Shrew I've ever seen!!

Don't see it if Purists will find the addition of modern elements off putting, includint a Beauty & Talent Pageant, a comic monogue from Judy Gold, & an RV!

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you simply enjoy shakespeare in the park

Don't see it if you are not open to a fresh and delightful version

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Great acting

See it if You like to see a fun silly off kilter production of Shakespeare's most misogynistic comedy. Turned on its head by an all female cast

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare not messed with.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Banal

See it if You want to spend two hours in a beautiful setting on a beautiful evening and have nothing else to do!

Don't see it if Expect to see traditional Shakespeare. What a mockery ! Shakespeare must be turning in his grave!

Depressing, Great acting, Great staging, Modern, Quirky

See it if you want to see a sexist play performed by feminists who are making a point about how much women are still oppressed by our society.

Don't see it if you want to leave a play feeling happy or you don't want to see a politically minded play.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like an all-female cast, you are a feminist.

Don't see it if You like traditional Shakespeare plays.

Confusing, Messy, Great acting, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You know the play well enough to follow all the diversions/changes. Thought McTeer was great.

Don't see it if You can't score a ticket from a friend.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Entertaining take on the classic with excellent performances by Janet McTeer, and Bianca particularly. Full of energy,and liveliness.

Don't see it if you are wedded to the traditional Shakespeare.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if the misogyny of Shrew has always bothered you.

Don't see it if you're Donald Trump.

Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Bianca in a beauty pageant hosted by Trump is an enhancement to Shrew. Female cast have fun making social points but don't serve the play.

Don't see it if A short version of Shrew with many rewrites shortchanges all that Shakespeare intended. It's so truncated nothing emotional develops in Kate

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Original, Must see

See it if If you would enjoy a modern feminist twist on one of Shakespeare's most misogynist plays, a fantastic all female company, and quirky add-ons

Don't see it if You don't enjoy updated versions of Shakespeare (that don't change dialogue but actions with) or talented females playing "male" parts.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Original

See it if You like the newest, original take on Shakespeare -being delighted watching all women doing a great job

Don't see it if You want tame drama performed in the classical sense. If you don't want to be surprised and refreshed by new takes on old works.

June 13th, 2016
“Ms. Lloyd’s streamlined ‘Shrew’ manages to tell Shakespeare’s original tale with briskness and clarity. And without disrupting its governing tone of a carnival-cum-political-rally, it sheds a bright light on patterns of language and behavior in the play...Ms. McTeer here gives us a Petruchio who...
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June 14th, 2016
"One interesting effect of casting all women (and what women—the cast is packed with talented pros and newbies) is the partial suspension of unease over seeing females objectified, monetized and trained like animals. It lets the comedy do its work, and a lusty, charismatic actor like McTeer can s...
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June 13th, 2016
"The frame that Phyllida Lloyd has devised for' Shrew' is neither satisfying as a workaround nor coherent in itself. It’s just kitsch, randomly applied and then run into the ground…Lloyd does nothing with the gender reversal except milk it for hike-up-your-trousers laughs. When the pageant frame ...
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June 13th, 2016
"Only intermittent sparks in this knockabout feminist burlesque...McTeer and Jumbo's casting is this production's chief reward...Some audiences no doubt will get a kick out of the staging, given the innately subversive fun of watching women make a mockery of a society of men...It’s impossible to ...
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