Romeo and Juliet From the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
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The last date listed for Romeo and Juliet was Saturday April 27, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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Set in the French Antilles, this celebratory musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical combines elements of both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid. The result is an exhilarating, calypso-tinged story filled with infectious rhythms, rousing dance and exuberant theatricality. The Tony-nominated hit chronicles the fairy-tale love of a young peasant girl for a handsome young aristocrat -- a love that leads her to save him from death. As the gods debate the star-crossed lovers' fate, the islanders gather to sing and celebrate the hope of the human spirit. Olney's production is directed by Alan Muraoka, proprietor of Sesame Street's Hooper's Store since 1997. Learn More
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The space has wonderful esthetics, especially for a period piece such as this, but not so wonderful acoustics. I thought the first half was a bit too frenetic. The dialogue felt rushed and lacked fluidity. There is a difference between playing to an audience and playing with an audience. They did the latter. I prefer the former(personal taste). The inclusion of modern music and dance was Flashmob-esk and cute but unnecessarily distracting. Romeo, played by Brendan Kennedy, was a bit too brooding, slightly over acted (in the first half) and thus a bit stilted.
(Tip: Pass on the red wine at intermission.)
The second half, I felt, went much better. Much more true to the form and very well performed. It seemed the cast as a whole was finally catching its stride and acting more as an ensemble than a group of individual players. Juliette, played by Kathryn Zoerb, was superb in the final death scene. I even found myself a bit misty eyed.
The dialogue could be slowed down a tick or two in order to be more relaxed and the language understood better whereas the fight scenes could be sped up to make them look less dance like (may have all just been a case of Opening Weekend nerves), but quite a valiant effort given the constraints the troupe faces. Overall, a very good performance. It is worth the price of admission.
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