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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, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see a new twist to the play. It was so funny to see Trump satirized.

Don't see it if you can't handle Shakespeare told in the 21 century.

Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want to see a refreshing new spin on a classic (controversial) shakepearian play. Talented actors and an all female cast! Laughs galore.

Don't see it if You are not ready for change or are a Donald Trump supporter.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Hilarious

See it if great acting, fresh and relevant take on classic play. Cast is great.

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional Shakespeare.

Clever, Edgy, Ambitious, Intense, Quirky

See it if like modern interpretations

Don't see it if you need a happy ending.

Also I have never liked this particular play. We're told that it's a 'comed... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like a retelling of a shakespeare tale, with a bit of a twist. The all female cast is genius.

Don't see it if If you want a traditional and strict interpretation of the original play.

Funny, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if Enjoy Shakespeare and examining the relationship between men, women as well as father's and daughter's. A challenging work.

Don't see it if dislike Shakespeare and thinking.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want to see Shakespeare with a twist, you found the play sexist/outdated during your original read through, or you enjoy strong women

Don't see it if you prefer classic interpretations of Shakespeare's work

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

Clever, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You love watching Shakespeare done right!

Don't see it if you have a closed mind and can't enjoy what brilliance is on stage

Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if you like Shakespeare and comedies.

Don't see it if There is NO REASON not to see it.

Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You love great acting and inventive direction combined with classic English composition.

Don't see it if You're going to be completely out off by Shakespeare's single mysogynistic play. Despite all the great stuff, it is what it is.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You love Shakespeare, free theatre, great outdoor setting, an all female cast, a less-performed Shakes play.

Don't see it if You can't handle issues of domestic violence (hence the all female cast).

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Masterful

See it if You like modern interpretations of Shakespeare and the incorporation of the current political environment.

Don't see it if You like to see pure literal Shakespeare.

Entertaining, Delightful, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a new twist on an olde play

Don't see it if you hate women

Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You love the Bard done well; to see Janet McTeer do a Keith Richards send-up; an interracial cast women do all parts - absolutely delightful

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare classical - with no contemporary spin.

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy modern takes on classic texts, strong comedic acting, and outdoor theater

Don't see it if you like classics performed in a classical manner, you prefer serious plays

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).

Clever, Ambitious

See it if If there was an intermission, I would have left.

Don't see it if You're a traditionalist.

Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if - You're interested in seeing a gender-bent, topical take on a play written during an observance of archaic attitudes towards women

Don't see it if - You're a Shakespeare purist - You're close-minded

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.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a gifted ensemble of female actors take on Shakespeare's misogynistic classic with humor and aplomb.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional gender roles, pure interpretations of Shakespeare, or dislike pops of contemporary culture infused into classics.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if You love re-telling of Shakespeare plays, British theatre, great acting and Janet McTeer.

Don't see it if You don't like heat, lines or Shakespeare.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You are interested in women run theatre.

Don't see it if You hate women.

During previews
Campy, Raucous, Well acted, Energetic, Original

See it if you like broad (no pun) takes on WS. The original play is barely recognizable, but I had fun. Framing device is clever; verse well spoken.

Don't see it if meddling with WS bothers you. Must McTeer vomit on stage? Still, it's the Delacorte on a summer night. And hurray for the all-female cast!

During previews
Fun, Great acting, Original, Creative, Great directing

See it if Fun, funny, great acting/cast/directing. Clever turn around on this sexist classic. Modern, fresh, original.

Don't see it if you expect a traditional rendition of the classic. Misogyny still felt. Some (appropriate) rewriting, clever use of modern music/themes.

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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