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 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 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 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 You like Shakespeare no matter what they do to it! You like novelty for the sake of novelty.
Don't see it if You want emotional engagement instead of just novelty and spectacle. Ultimately it didn't matter that the cast was all women.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in a contemporary setting, & don't mind that a sharp tongued Katherine is instead a shrieking brat at a loss for words
Don't see it if you enjoy contemporary Shakespeare that celebrates strong female leads, quick wit and insightful humour
See it if You get excited by female empowerment and women playing male roles.
Don't see it if You can't stand directors with overt political messages or if you want a complex, layered version of Shrew with tension between characters.
See it if you want to see a crystal clear performance of a Shakespeare play and you like non-traditional adaptations & casting. Janet McTeer fan? GO
Don't see it if if you're at all bothered by directorial liberties taken that seem indulgent or if the thought of Donald Trump being involved upsets you
See it if you can still enjoy excellent actors even if the material and concept don't support them.
Don't see it if you want the feminist ideals inherent in an all female production to actually find a foot hold and make sense.
See it if You've always wanted to see The Taming of the Shrew performed by a female ensemble. You're looking for a nice night in the park.
Don't see it if You're looking for a classical interpretation of Shakespeare's most misogynistic play (although maybe you should see this production then).
See it if you want a free evening of theatre with a starry cast & team attempting to solve the presentation problem
Don't see it if you saw the Queen's Company all-female SHREW that did solve the presentation problem, delightfully...
See it if You like Shakespeare with no intermission and love Janet McTeer. Acting is uneven and all on one highly-pitched level. Ending nearly redeems
Don't see it if You are a Shakespearean purist. You don't enjoy anachronistic production choices.
See it if You want to see an interesting interpretation of one of Shakespeare's most problematic scripts, you want to see Janet Mcteer kill it!
Don't see it if You can't get over the inherent misogyny of the script - that's still there even if farcical
See it if You're a new take on a classic, want to support women in theatre.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist, or were expecting a repeat of Phillipa Lloyd's Julius Caeser. Direction was muddled, sometimes boring
See it if you're in the mindset to see a show for, by, and about female empowerment. It definitely has a lot to say about the past and modern times.
Don't see it if you're too big a fan of the play already. The cut is odd, the choices are bold but often miss, and there's absolutely no one to root for.