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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

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.

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

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Some good acting, Quirky

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.

Disappointing, Great acting, Funny, Overbearing

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

Clever, Slow, Disappointing

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.

Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you're interested in failed attempts to rehabilitate problem plays.

Don't see it if you're hoping for a coherent directorial vision.

Absorbing, Funny

See it if Wanna have an experience to see a show outside.

Don't see it if You simply wanna enjoy Shakespeare's play.

Original, Fluffy, Accessible

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

Entertaining, Disappointing, Overrated, Pretty, Great production value

See it if You like spectacle, and over-the-top caricatures of characters.

Don't see it if you're a feminist.

Ambitious, Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Relevant

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.

Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare and want a unique take on his most misogynistic play

Don't see it if you like traditional Shakespeare

Great concept, weak execution

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).

During previews
Disappointing, Doesn't solve the problem of presentation, Donna lynne champlin shines, Circus set and rv work well, Beauty contest framing & ending non-resonant

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...

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Uneven, Funny, Muddled

See it if You want to spend an evening in the beautiful setting of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Don't see it if You want a consistent tone and precise execution of an interesting concept.

During previews
Quirky, Poorly-paced, Unevenly talented, Original, Shrill

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

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

During previews
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing

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

During previews
Slow, Relevant, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

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.

During previews

See it if You like great acting

Don't see it if You don't like terrible direction

During previews
Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if you enjoy being outside in Central Park during the summer

Don't see it if don't like Shakespeare

During previews
Clever, Relevant, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You get free tickets! Seriously it's definitely worth seeing for free.

Don't see it if You have the opportunity to see other things on Broadway.

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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