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

78%
(189 Ratings)
Positive
83%
Mixed
12%
Negative
5%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (189)

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104 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see performers and directors engage "The Taming of the Shrew" honestly and vulnerably

Don't see it if You've got something against women and their opinions

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147 Reviews | 28 Followers
99
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.

89 Reviews | 10 Followers
94
Must see, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a well-acted version of Taming that doesn't shy away from the misogyny.

Don't see it if You aren't a Shakespeare fan, or don't like it when shows mix up the genders of the cast.

417 Reviews | 190 Followers
92
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

228 Reviews | 62 Followers
90
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!

98 Reviews | 23 Followers
89
Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you love Shakespeare plays, enjoy reconceived classics w/all female casts, love outdoor theater on a beautiful summer night in Central Park.

Don't see it if you hate Shakespeare plays or plays with heightened classical language, if you don't enjoy plays where women play all the roles.

Also Took a 5 year old to see it and they were entranced from start to finish.

55 Reviews | 16 Followers
89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a new twist to the play. It was so funny to see Trump satirized.

Don't see it if you can't handle Shakespeare told in the 21 century.

311 Reviews | 494 Followers
88
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.

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 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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Deadline
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 Daily News
June 13th, 2016

"McTeer’s performance is randy, boisterous and consistently amusing. Cush Jumbo doesn't quite rise so high as the reluctant bride Katherina…Boasting an eclectic and talented ensemble, this revival of the unruly play is chockablock with ideas beyond its no-guys-allowed concept…When all is said and done, the Public Theater's free show doesn't add up and misses as many laughs as it lands."
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Variety
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 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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