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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
Avg Score

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

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like gender-bending performances by some pretty talented women!

Don't see it if You need impeccable loyalty to the original Shakespeare

Ambitious, Edgy, Original

See it if you enjoy an exploration of gender-bending roles in a fresh interpretation of the Bard. It works! Wonderful McTeer, lots of fun.

Don't see it if you object to updating and great liberties taken by Phyllida Lloyd with an all-female cast over a single two hour act.

Great acting, Refreshing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a bold, interesting take on this Shakespeare classic with great performances. They handled the ending of the play very well.

Don't see it if you prefer more classical Shakespeare, don't like free shows, or don't like women. Even if you object to the play, give this one a try!

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.

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Refreshing, Failed (but admirable) experiment

See it if you are interested in the all-female take, you want to see the glorious Janet McTeer RULE the stage.

Don't see it if you want something perfectly packaged and glossy. This is an experiment... sometimes it doesn't work. But it's admirable and exciting.


See it if you enjoy Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy new spins on classic shows.

Don't see it if Shakespeare isn't your jam.

Clever, Funny, Avant-garde, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a modern take on one of Shakespeare's better known comedies with an all female cast.

Don't see it if If you like your Bard presented more traditionally.

Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant

See it if Revisiting an inherently misogynistic pay with an all female cast and a new message appeals

Don't see it if Cross dressing makes you uncomfortable our you're a Shakespeare purist

Clever, Entertaining, Original, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a totally different take on this classic Shakespeare play. All woman, diverse cast is a great way to see this. Love the park

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare pure and straightforward. You like indoor theaters. This is the wonderful outdoor Delecorte in the great NYC!

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

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.

Romantic, Resonant, Edgy, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you like visionary depictions of the Bard

Don't see it if you're a Bard traditionalist

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like Shakespeare!

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare interpreted in new ways. The show is quite sexist though the director made several choices to make it a statement

Ambitious, Couple of standout performances, Original, Modern, Still cliched

See it if you like non-traditional Shakespeare. Janet McTee's Petruchio is sexier than any male lead I've ever seen. Gayle Rankin's Bianca STEALS IT!

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the original. Kiss Me Kate is not enough. Attacked the misogyny head on, but fell head first into racial tropes.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if you like your Shakespeare reconcieved, you like a good discussion after a show, you want to see Cush Jumbo at the top of her game as Kate.

Don't see it if you like pretty Shakespeare, are anti-feminist, or can't wait in line.

Raunchy, Quirky, Funny

See it if you like Shakespeare, romantic comedies, shows with gender-blind casting, you want to see some good acting

Don't see it if zaniness or mild temper tantrums will annoy you, the metaphors need to make sense perfectly

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an all female cast take on one of Shakespeare's most misogynistic works

Don't see it if You cannot handle the play's misogyny.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if You're a Shakespeare buff and enjoy modern adaptations of his work. With allusions to current events.

Don't see it if You are overly conservative and do not like untraditional Shakespeare productions.

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, 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.

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Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Slow

See it if You want a modern version of this classic play, you like ladies in drag, and an extra appreciation for the overall message

Don't see it if You need an intermission, this is 2 full hours; you don't like shakespeare conceptualized for a modern age

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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