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See it if Want a fun entertaining production that freshens up an outdated classic with it's all female cast & framing device.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.
See it if You want a refreshing take on an outdated, sexist plot, or if you just love funny women.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!)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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