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Romeo and Juliet

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : Georgia Ensemble Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory [WEBSITE]
ID# 4811

SHOWING : November 05, 2015 - November 22, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The greatest love story ever told, filled with moonlight, swordplay, jealousy, poison, intrigue, and romance.

Innocence meets eternal love and leads to tragic consequences in this big, bold and surprising production of ShakespeareVs tale of star-crossed lovers and their dangerously feuding families.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Crowe
Juliet Jennifer Acker
Ensemble Maggie Birgel
Prince Brad Brinkley
Nurse Heidi Cline
Lady Montague Kerrie Hansen Doty
Chorus Allan Edwards
Friar John Max Flick
Romeo Jonathan Horne
Friar Laurence Steven L. Hudson
Lady Capulet Megan McFarland
Tybalt Brandon Partrick
Paris Daniel Parvis
Mercutio Chris Rushing
Benvolio Kirill Sheynerman
Lord Capulet Kevin Stillwell
Lord Montague Robert Wayne
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REVIEWS

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Montague and Capulet
by playgoer
Sunday, November 22, 2015
4.0
David Crowe has directed an engaging production of "Romeo and Juliet" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. His concept is to frame the story as taking place in the memory of Friar Laurence. We have two versions of the friar – Allan Edwards as the older, in whose memory the action takes place (and who acts as the chorus), and Steve Hudson as the younger, who inhabits the timeframe of the story of Romeo and Juliet. The concept works remarkably well.

The rest of the production doesn’t work quite as well as the concept. Mr. Crowe’s direction keeps things moving and visually interesting, but vocally things are a bit wanting. Jonathan Horne’s delivery as Romeo comes across as pedestrian and rather flat in the first part of the play, improving greatly when outsize emotions come into play. Jennifer Alice Acker has a nice coltish energy as Juliet, but her delivery and presence remind one of Drew Barrymore in a contemporary romantic comedy. Brad Brinkley is understated as the prince, and Lord and Lady Montague (Robert Wayne and Kerrie Hansen Doty) don’t approach the vocal gravitas of Lord and Lady Capulet (Kevin Stillwell and Megan McFarland).

The performances are quite fine in general. Chris Rushing’s Mercutio has enough quirks to make him appealing, and Heidi Cline McKerley’s Nurse is equal parts bawdy and caring. Maggie Birgel’s ensemble role is heavily curtailed from what’s in Shakespeare’s unexpurgated script, but she handles her part quite well. Mr. Crowe has gotten good performances from everyone.

Leslie Taylor’s set is functional, but not terribly appealing. A raked platform skews the perspective of arches upon it, and playing the balcony scene on top of a bookcase looks a bit odd. MC Park’s eclectic collection of props salvages the set, adding visual interest to the shelves of the bookcase and to three downstage areas. Scrims in the set work well for silhouetted moments, but the projections spilling from them onto the cast and set don’t work nearly so well. Dusty Brown’s lighting design adds atmosphere, but doesn’t particularly well illuminate one scene with Romeo and his pals Benvolio (Kirill Sheynerman) and Tybalt (Brandon Partrick).

Alan Yeong’s costume designs are generally based on Elizabethan apparel, and generally they’re quite effective. The pants of Romeo and his pals, however, are tight in the calves and loose everywhere else, resulting in a wrinkled, puffed, unflattering look. Benvolio’s modern sneakers are attention-grabbing in all the wrong ways. Ms. Acker’s initial costume is a bit formless, making her look more matronly than girlish.

Jason Polhemus’ sound design makes use of some very nice surround-sound effects at various points in the production. Songs are sung beautifully by Ms. Acker, but I found the lyrics indecipherable. Still, they add to the atmosphere. And it’s the atmosphere and concept that make this production memorable. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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