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3848 Star Starred
Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Avenue Arlington, VA 22206
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"Shakespeare's R&J"
53 ratings
4.1 average rating
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Amy T Red Velvet
259 events
68 reviews
39 stars
attended Feb 05 2013

Although the show's lighting is terrific, the continual foot stomping around the stage became very tedious. We were among an astonishing number of patrons heading for the door at intermission.

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29 events
2 reviews
14 stars
attended Feb 23 2013

Loud, fast, energetic, tedious; the agressive rhythms & pretentious stylizations crowded out any chance of subtle or perceptive characterizations of the four students or of the characters in the Shakespearean text they purported to read. Sorry I...continued

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182 events
122 reviews
32 stars
attended Feb 10 2013

5-stars to the actors. They were great. Great staging, as always, by the Signature team. 3-stars for the story. The interpretation was a bit too homo-erotic for my taste.

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Quotes & Highlights

“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_ ":
“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.

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