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Dangereuse: ‘The Lovers with a Thousand Faces’: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre is a revelatory theatre experience. Director Alan Paul’s version of Romeo and Juliet has a complexity and richness that reaches deep into the meaning of the play. Romeo (Andrew Veenstra) and Juliet (Ayana Workman) light up when they are together. Their connection is electric and visceral, like certain barely […]

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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

With all of the festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, many theatres have taken it upon themselves to put forth lavish and bold new productions of the Bard’s work. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company seems to be of the mind that it is sometimes best to go back to basics. After all, Shakespeare was originally enjoyed […]

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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Synetic Theater

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens with a chorus announcing the fate that will befall the title characters in just two hours’ time. Synetic Theatre’s wordless Romeo and Juliet, distills that straightforward prologue into an even simpler image: the swinging of a pendulum, the ticking of a clock. Director Paata Tsikurishvili has brought back his award-winning […]

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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Virginia Opera

Few stories have been as revised, re-told and reconstructed as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But a rendition that is not as performed as it should be is the 19th century opera by French Romantic composer Charles Gounod. Luckily for local audiences, Virginia Opera Company has staged a visually sumptuous and vocally stellar production of Gounod’s […]

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‘Roméo et Juliette’ at Maryland Lyric Opera

Boy meets Girl. Girl meets Boy. They fall in love – at first sight – in spite of the enmity between their warring families, the Capulets and the Montagues. This timeless, tragic love story, penned centuries ago by William Shakespeare, received perhaps its most famous operatic setting in Charles Gounod’s 19th century opera, Roméo et […]

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Director Ian Gallanar, and his cast and crew have thoroughly delivered on the promise of a “lusty, fiery production” of the classic tale of woe, that of Juliet and her Romeo. In fact, what makes the production at CSC’s new downtown Baltimore space so worthy of the Bard’s tragedy is that each individual cast member […]

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Compass Rose Theater

What soft on yonder stage doth break— ‘tis Romeo and Juliet and Compass Rose Theater is its host. The timeless classic; the Bard’s original romantic tragedy carries on in a classic fashion upon the boards of Compass Rose’s stage. Directed by Lucinda Merry-Browne, there is lively fighting and extreme emotional expressions from a talented cast […]

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Folger Theatre by Emily Cao

Shakespeare’s iconic star-crossed lovers certainly need no introduction… but Folger Theatre’s energetic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet may indeed herald some much-deserved praise. Director Aaron Posner certainly had a vision of a new Shakespeare – an amalgamation of modern acting and old-school style, it’s as though Ireland of the 1800s met the hipster culture of […]

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Maria Kochetkova and Joan Boada in Tomasson's 'Romeo & Juliet.' Photo by Erik Tomasson.

‘San Francisco Ballet Program B’ by Breena Siegel

San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in the country, wins hearts over with their classical version of Romeo & Juliet. The age-old story is set again the backdrop of sweeping scene changes and grandiose dancing. Countless versions of Romeo & Juliet have been told but Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s rendition […]

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