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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

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Refreshing

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.

During previews
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original

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!

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Disappointing

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

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.

During previews
Disappointing, Doesn't solve the problem of presentation, Donna lynne champlin shines, Circus set and rv work well, Beauty contest framing & ending non-resonant

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...

During previews
Fun cartoonish overly-adapted

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

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if you are up for a light evening of entertainment, the words of the bard, but not his intention

Don't see it if farce is not a favorite

During previews
Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great writing, Quirky, Overrated

See it if On one hand it's Shakespeare, on the other an all-female cast. Why? On the one hand it's free, on the other who wants to see Kate humbled?

Don't see it if You're a feminist. Or a female.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Different

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!

During previews
Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

During previews
Great fun, Great acting, It's shakespeare!

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..

During previews
Disappointing, Quirky, Uneven, Funny, Muddled

See it if You want to spend an evening in the beautiful setting of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Don't see it if You want a consistent tone and precise execution of an interesting concept.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if you want to see a totally original all female casted non-traditional original take with music and dancing

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional approach to this otherwise misogynistic play

During previews
Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

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.

During previews
Funny, Refreshing, Original, Entertaining

See it if You like political humor about Trump, like music, and a fun production.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional Shakespeare play.

During previews
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever, Disturbing

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

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

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

During previews
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

During previews
Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

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.

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you enjoy seeing Shakespeare's works tuned on its head, re-examined, and cleverly re-imagined to speak directly to us today.

Don't see it if you are a purist.

During previews
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
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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

During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

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.

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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