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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
78
Avg Score

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Taming of the Shrew, in most of its iterations, is my favorite Shakespeare piece and I highly recommend you go watch it.

Don't see it if Shakespearean language as a whole can be off-putting to people, but you should still try it out and this is one of the best shows to try it.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Original, Unconventional

See it if you enjoy modern takes on Shakespeare

Don't see it if you dislike gender bending interpretations

60
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.

80
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want a way to see this play that tackles its inherent sexism head on

Don't see it if you don't really understand irony. Someone heckled when I went for the extreme misogyny. Either they are brilliantly meta or missed the poin

65
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.

65
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

77
Ambitious, Cliched, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you were expecting the gender roles to mean something

73
Confusing, Fluffy, Overrated, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if You don't mind Shakespeare being revised.

Don't see it if are offended by changing Shakespeare's words, sets and meaning

71
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Relevant, Boring

See it if I have such mixed feelings about this. Odd, and not that amusing. But, it's free, and a great chance to see some amazing women perform.

Don't see it if You find Shakespeare boring or confusing.

65
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.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love Shakespeare's comedies

Don't see it if You don't

85
Clever, Original, Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if You love clever interpretations of classic works, are looking for a classic New York experience, don't mind waiting in line for tickets

Don't see it if You like shows performed exactly the way they were written, you plan out your theater tix months in advance, you don't like sitting outdoors

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You know who Jacquetta of Luxemborg is You can stand Shakespeare You want to hear Judy Gold break the fourth wall

Don't see it if You get offended easily You don't know what you're getting into You don't understand Shakespeare

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.

85
Ambitious, Relevant, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and all-women casts

Don't see it if You are easily offended by misogyny, even when it's being lampooned

86
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Really clever concept on this sexist play. I was definitely entertained and enjoyed the rocking out at bows. Such a fun evening!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of all same sex casts.

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you're excited about an all-female cast

Don't see it if you aren't ready to be surprised

80
Clever, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Progressive

See it if you appreciate Shakespeare for what it has been and what it has the potential to be.

Don't see it if you are closed-minded

67
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.

80
Clever, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a hilarious female-driven take on this problematic Shakespeare classic

Don't see it if You're an actual mysogynist, or if you can't bear Shakespeare being tampered with.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an all-female take on Shrew, you really love Shakespeare, you are a fan of the incomparable Janet McTeer

Don't see it if You don't like this problematic play, you can't wrap your head around women in men's roles!! :/

87
Funny, Ambitious, Original

See it if You enjoy a new take on the inherently misogynistic Taming of the Shrew. And if you enjoy taking the piss out of Donald Trump.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional Shakespeare plays, don't like feminism, are a Trump supporter.

85
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy fresh, new takes on the Bard and his work powered by an all-woman cast and director!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy many liberties taken both in design and text.

95
Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a twist, and in a non traditional format. Brilliant acting and excellent adaptation.

Don't see it if You don't like gals who are kick ass actresses-this one for the girls!

80
Clever, Confusing, Funny, Original, Refreshing

See it if like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like modern stagings of Shakespeare


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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