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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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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This was a wonderful production of Romeo and Juliet. I thought the leads were particularly wonderful. I also enjoy the relaxed and engaging way Baltimore Shakespeare Factory mounts a play. I look forward to their Summer offerings (including...continued
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About the Ticket Supplier: The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to life for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and has the following major objectives: Create performances that inspire audiences to the wonder of Shakespeare’s language, use Shakespeare’s work to educate and entertain people of all ages in the communities we serve, and present performances that use the staging conditions of Shakespeare’s time to illuminate the plays in new ways for a modern audience.