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.
See it if SUPER creative production! Loved every minute. Cast is EXCELLENT, direction was SUPERB! Shakespeare has NEVER been this fun! LOVE LOVE LOVE.
Don't see it if You are a purist and don't want to see a re-imaging of a classic. Super clever, loved the modern references, the dance numbers, music, etc.
See it if You like your Shakespeare served up very non-traditional. All female but that's hardly noticeable compared to the other liberties they take.
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist. This is NOT 4 U! I liked it. It didn't work on every level, the set in particular-awful, but some parts shine!
See it if You're interested in seeing Shakespeare in the Park, but prefer lighter, comic Shakespeare that's easier to understand.
Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional staging of this play that doesn't get mired by whimsical staging.
See it if You'd like a modern take on this play, with a beauty pageant contest, singing/dancing, and commentary on 2016 issues (such as bathrooms).
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare, even though this has many modern touches to make it quite fun. Runs 2 hours 3 minutes, no intermission.
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...
See it if A fun evening. Shakespeare in sketch comedy. Circus set. Opens as a Trump beauty pageant. Scarlett O'Hara is there, too. A lot of man-drag
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist. It's the "woman as underling" play - but acted by cartoonish women in drag to make the premise look ridiculous
See it if You like raucous, non- traditional, adaptations of Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You can't get by the misogyny inherent in the script, tho somewhat (but not fully) defused by having it performed by an all female cast.
See it if Kudos to director and all female cast for a funny, fresh, fun feminist twist on this classic misogynist play. Janet McTeer is fantastic.
Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare classic. This was full of contemporary, irreverent, clever references. Setting was a Donald Trump beauty pageant!
See it if you like Shakespearean plays performed with a modern twist. Besides, it's free and outdoors--you really can't go wrong.
Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, especially modern interpretations.
See it if you love Shakespeare in the Park (as I do) & not question the staging: (Gangsters? Texans? Gone With the Wind?)Terrific actors all around.
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare stickler; you object to helicopters flying overheard, you don't like flying insects in your wine..
See it if Just go. This show heightens all the fun and wit of WS that often gets lost in traditional stagings or with lesser actors.
Don't see it if You hate the outdoors or don't like free things. No other reasons not to go.
See it if You enjoy the lighter side of Shakespeare treated with invention and irreverence. Want to have a fun night out but still feel cultured.
Don't see it if Misogyny outdated views of women disturb you. No way around the non-PC plot but seeing it zestfully performed by women dulls the the sting
See it if You're up for a different take on a classic; you want to see a feminist take on the most sexist of his plays; JANET McTEER!
Don't see it if You are looking for traditional staging, dress, or casting in Shakespeare; you're overly conservative in politics or how you like plays
See it if you want an accessible & funny Shakespeare play. The all female cast & update staging brought a lot of cleverness to the show.
Don't see it if if you want a large pay off. It took a long time for the resolution to come around.
See it if You enjoy shakespeare and this rather backward play. Good acting and staging.
Don't see it if You wouldn't enjoy this play with an all female cast and also a somewhat different ending without the resonance that shakespeare intended.
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.
See it if you want to see a 21st century gender bending take on an immortal Shakespearean (no need to comment on the writing) comedy in a great space.
Don't see it if you expect to see a traditional production after sitting on line in the greatest park in the country to get your free tickets.
See it if you want to be challenged to consider a problematic text through a unique lens and to enjoy some great (all-female!) outdoor theater
Don't see it if you think a framing device isn't enough to redeem the original script / a modern political framework would depress instead of invigorate you
See it if you want to see an excellently acted production of a classic. Also if you enjoy some entertaining stagecraft. & added "current events".
Don't see it if the misogyny bothers you. The (fantastic) all-female troupe doesn't eliminate it and this production, especially at the end, magnifies it.