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Romeo and Juliet (2010)

a Drama
CATEGORY :
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The New American Shakespeare Tavern [WEBSITE]
ID# 3681

SHOWING : February 04, 2010 - February 28, 2010

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We invite you to join us for our 11th anniversary of performing this play about young lovers, feuding families and one Friar with good intentions. This February, ditch the chocolates and flowers in favor of Pints and Shepherd’s Pie!


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Two Houses, Both Alike in Dignity
by Dedalus
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
3.5
Two houses, both alike in dignity,
At Shakespeare Tavern, where we watch the play,
From year to year to celebrate the day
St. Valentine is honored and obeyed,
Is staged with no ironic purpose hid
(For surely ‘tis an irony that death
Ensues from such a passion young,
And love and death describe an arc that bears
No ‘semblance to the Hallmark platitudes
That seem to foul this day too much for some).
Last year this house gave witness to a show
I saw too soon for actors to display
Their finest turns, and mushmouth left me cold
And disappointed with their garbled words.
This year this house gave witness to a show
I saw on final day. And sure enough
The words were clear, the characters sublime.
Indeed, young Mary Russell rose above
My last year petty rants and gave to us
A Juliet both wise and tragic with
No hint of whining blubbering that last
Year made me root for her Act V demise.
A brand new Romeo is here portrayed
By Lee Osorio with passion raw
And sense benumbed with love and feckless will.
Supporting cast is mostly filled with skill,
Jane Bass’s Nurse delightful to the ears,
Mercutio of Daniel Parvis subtle and
Profane, with Josie Lawson, Doug Kaye, and
Matt Felton standing out as e’er they do.
But prologue pale began the play with less
Than needed energy and overall
The pace did seem to stall when Act Two dragged
The final scenes into a doldrum fugue.
But, still and all the pacing lapses can’t
O’errule the fine work from the cast and crew,
And Laura Cole (director of it all)
Needs be commended for another trek
To fair Verona, where our story lies.
The show’s long struck, but will no doubt return,
And if you missed this snowy year’s foray
Into the passage of this death-mark’d love,
My strained, but civil words shall hope to mend.


-- Brad Rudy (BK Rudy)


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