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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Richard III is Shakespeare's masterpiece about a ruthlessly ambitious man who seeks the crown at any cost. One of literature's most memorable villains, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, uses charm, cunning and wit to move up the political ladder -- without hesitating to murder those who stand in his way. The history is centuries old, while the situation is startlingly modern. Is there nothing in politics but simply the pursuit of power? This production launches the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory's 2014 season. 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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Photo credit: Will Kirk