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Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

Monday, March 22, 2004
3.0
Ah community theater... we all go through it. The bit parts given to director's sister's cousin, the distracting talk done by unprofessional actors backstage, and best of all the Coca~Cola seats.

The set design was basic: black and white. Capulets were red, Montagues were blue, pretty typical. The random, sometimes unneccessary scene changes were done by smiling Jesters who interacted with the audience. No incredibly inivative concepts here.


So the good and the bad:

Romeo- Great performance. The traditional Romeo

Juliet- cast too young, Shakespeare's difficult for most people her dilivery was unnatural and there was little chemistry between her and Romeo

Mercutio- As an audience member I feared for the safety of the actors on stage each time Mercutio entered, to the extent that it was distracting. Good Energy

Tybalt- A masterful performance. Tybalt as woman is very uncommon, but the actress developed the character perfectly. The quick-to-strike male character turned into a spoiled bitchy but incredibly intimidating female. Incredible presence on stage, couldn't take my eyes off her. What's a girl like that doing in a place like Cobb?

Little girl in party scene- Brillant aria

Fight Choreography- Impressive for community theater


Overall:
Not bad Shakespeare, not good, but it could have been worse. The show lacked energy and it all completely died with Tybalt and Mercutio.

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