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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

49
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.

49
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.

46
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Excruciating, Banal

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!

49
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you'd be interested in a feminist take on an essentially anti-feminist play or if you want to see plays that satirize Trump's America.

Don't see it if you care more about quality theatre than theatre trying to make a point with a seemingly-relevant, non-traditional interpretation.

16
Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent, Slow, Bad acting

See it if you like graduate school concept productions. This is very immature nonsense. Not at all funny and two hours - no intermission.

Don't see it if you'd like to keep 2 hours of your life. This productions made me hate Shakespeare. Awful, indicative acting. No poetry. Just pain.

20
Overrated, Contrived, Uninspired, Degrading, Thin

See it if you've haven't experienced the Delcorte Theatre before or you don't mind a heavy handed Shakespeare play with little wit and much misogyny.

Don't see it if the quality of a play is more important than the hype of an all female cast which does nothing to mitigate the degradation of people.

40
Disappointing, Excruciating, Beautiful set, Edgy

See it if Some people LOVED. I did not. Biased and tasteless. For the extremists and those that like camp.

Don't see it if You are middle of the road.

During previews
1
Disappointing, Overrated, God awful, Vulgar, Pointless

See it if You hate Shakespeare and just want vaudeville. Like women dressed like men. Don't care about character development.

Don't see it if Want more than 60 minutes out of 2 hours of Shakespeare spoken. Like direction over just staging. Have a brain.

During previews
22
Audience booed and walked out in numbers, Makes you think the play is worse than it is, Ruined by the director

See it if you don't have to put in much effort to get the tickets...and don't mind a dull evening in a beautiful setting

Don't see it if you actually like the play--and want to keep liking it

During previews
40
Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if If you are not familiar with much shakespeare and you want to hear the language spoken clearly so you can easily follow the plot.

Don't see it if You don't need a High school production shouting at you, making sure you get everything, god forbid you might miss it if its was subtle


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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