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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
Enchanting, Great staging, Original, Hilarious

See it if You like "takes" on Shakespeare

Don't see it if You're precious about Shakespeare being done one way

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

See it if Want a fun entertaining production that freshens up an outdated classic with it's all female cast & framing device. Fantastic acting by all.

Don't see it if Only like Shakespeare performed classicly, but you should give it a shot anyway, direction and actors make it a great time.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if You want a refreshing take on an outdated, sexist plot, or if you just love funny women.

Don't see it if You want a traditional Shakespeare setting, or you have trouble sitting for two hours with no intermission (though the two hours fly by!)

During previews
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You'd like a somewhat fresh take on an old classic. Janet McTeer is extraordinary. Worth it just for her.

Don't see it if You want some "classical" or even "true" Shakespeare. This production foregoes clarity and pace for its (admittedly powerful) message.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cush jumbo & janet mcteer are a pairing for the ages!, Why is all-female casting done more often, this breaks the mold!, Must see

See it if June is Gay pride month so an All-Female show w/ a Juicy kiss seems de riguer, but this Production is above all that. Fantastic cast & dir.

Don't see it if Yes they take liberties with Shakespeare's original script, so if U aren't open to ad libs, Pat Benatar/Joan Jett music, etc. etc. then pooh

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Confusing, Fun, Silly

See it if You enjoy non-traditional Shakespeare, ladies playing men, or half-baked staging. Seems like they abandoned a circus theme halfway through

Don't see it if Shakespeare is your hero for writing a play about telling women to calm down and shut up. You'll be disappointed.

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

See it if You get free tickets! Seriously it's definitely worth seeing for free.

Don't see it if You have the opportunity to see other things on Broadway.

During previews
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy unique takes on Shakespeare--this production has a few tricks, which I won't spoil, up its sleeve.

Don't see it if You prefer a longer cut of the play, or a more traditional approach to the cast/staging.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see the troupe try to subvert one of the most misogynistic plays ever written

Don't see it if you like Donald Trump

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You love Shakespeare and wanna see a very unique and awesome all female cast!

Don't see it if If you are not into Shakespeare.

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

See it if you like to see actors recite Shakesperean text. Original old english script is used here. The main lead actors are amazing.

Don't see it if You cannot enjoy the inherent misogynistic nature of the play. The production tried to put a twist on it and make it into a parody but alas.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare's work and have some knowledge of the storyline.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show more for the spectacle than for the questions it might raise.

During previews
Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if If you are not familiar with much shakespeare and you want to hear the language spoken clearly so you can easily follow the plot.

Don't see it if You don't need a High school production shouting at you, making sure you get everything, god forbid you might miss it if its was subtle

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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