Shakespeare's R&J: Joe Calarco's Riveting Drama-Within-A-Drama
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There is no world more intimate -- or more dangerous -- than that which exists between two people in love. Dramatic journeys into this territory are among the most powerful in theater history, from Strindberg's Dance of Death to Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But none are half as daring as Philip Ridley's mesmerizing Tender Napalm which dives headlong into a couple's imaginary world. The play's two characters are Man and Woman -- lovers who savagely fight for the upper hand in their relationship in the face of an unnamed tragedy. Never leaving their insular world, the young couple lives out a series of wild fantasies, transcending time and space in a violent and sexually charged tapestry of what was and what is to be. Learn More
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This is very well done--excellent acting and engaging. This was the complete Romeo & Juliet (as well as extras) so I was a bit surprised at that. Very good interpretation. Not for everyone, though, as it is the complete work and runs 2 3/4 hours.
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“Breath-stopping … The inventiveness, the cleverness of the staging and the boundless energy of the cast keep us glued to our seats” — "_The Washington Post_ ":http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/shakespeares-rj-at-signature-theatre-an-old-heartache-gets-an-electric-jolt/2013/02/13/c7d8281c-7620-11e2-9889-60bfcbb02149_story.html
“Visual magic … A bracing in-the-round production” — _The Baltimore Sun _
“This is Shakespeare at its best: raw, athletic, passionate … sexy” — Brightest Young Things
Four young men. One scarf. Shakespeare’s transcendent saga of forbidden love reimagined in a brave and bold in-the-round setting.
A repressive all-male Catholic boarding school bans Romeo and Juliet in favor of Latin conjugations and the Ten Commandments. Four students unearth a secret copy and steal into the night to recite the prohibited tale of adolescent passion. While it begins as a lark, the story gradually draws the boys into a discovery of universal truth that parallels their own coming-of-age. A riveting drama within a drama, Shakespeare’s R&J transcends the boundaries between play and player.