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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.