The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte)
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The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte)

The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(188 Reviews)
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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.

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650 Reviews | 284 Followers
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

505 Reviews | 729 Followers
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

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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

434 Reviews | 95 Followers
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

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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

276 Reviews | 475 Followers
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.

322 Reviews | 82 Followers
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.

293 Reviews | 59 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
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 is both a brazen caricature and an unnerving psychological study...Ms. Jumbo finds the natural woman in Katherina.”
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Time Out New York
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 swagger about like the rock star she is...The overall effect is a 'Shrew' that is subversive, sexy and, most of all, funny. Genuinely funny."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 returns very briefly and chaotically at the end, you feel cheated because it hasn’t achieved a thing…Only the great Janet McTeer gets around the conceit to some actual interpretive acting."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 overlook the fact that this unrelentingly blunt comedy just isn't very funny...The performers appear to be having way more fun than the audience.”
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June 13th, 2016

“Is this production gorgeously giddy—or just goofy?...Jumbo has plenty of spirit as Kate, and some of the comic fools are funny, but McTeer steals the show with her deliciously camp treatment of Petruchio...A hint of roughness about Petruchio’s 'taming' of his bride lends a soupcon of sado-masochism to McTeer’s bad boy impersonation. But it’s a theme that fails to work its way into the production style, which is all over the map."
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The Wall Street Journal
June 14th, 2016

"It’s not very funny. Boisterous and good-humored, yes, but 'The Taming of the Shrew' is a comedy or nothing, and I’ve never seen a staging that made me laugh less...Similarly bothersome is the conceptual vagueness of the production...The result is a slapdash extravaganza, one that is so heavily cut that the coherence of the play is diminished still further….Ms. McTeer is, needless to say, an actor of the first rank, but there is no comic relish to her performance."
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June 14th, 2016

"Lloyd has transformed Shakespeare’s misogynist comedy into a tract with a laugh track…Played with glorious greasy swagger by Janet McTeer, Petruchio is a balls-grabbing, cock o’ the walk…Lloyd is utterly unfazed by Shakespeare, cutting the text, interpolating torn-from-the-headlines asides and adding a coda that restates the obvious. Yes, much of it is rollickingly funny; none of it is remotely romantic. Which is the point, I suppose...I loved it. And I hated it."
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New York Post
June 15th, 2016

"In short, this 'Shrew' is a hot mess, but a goofily entertaining one…Cush Jumbo amps it up to the max...In contrast, Donna Lynne Champlin and LaTanya Richardson Jackson both play it straight as men, which actually adds to the comedy...Things start to drag halfway through, but then, that’s the Bard’s fault. No one seems to know how to handle the final scene...We rush through to the choreographed curtain call, set to Joan Jett’s 'Bad Reputation.' When in doubt, rock out."
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