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4.6 / 5 Rated by 39 members
Review from Goldstar Member

I thought this adaptation was excellent. The actors were all fantastic and I loved the choreography (fight scenes) and all the costumes and the music. All came together to make it very real and magical. So good we are thinking of going again

reviewed Sep 21 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Kiva Chick

This performance of Romeo and Juliet was nothing short of FANTASTIC! We've seen it (and the ballet) performed many times, and this performance was by the far the best time ever. Juliet captures the youthfulness and impulsive nature of Juliet. ...continued

reviewed Oct 16 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Crystal3333

A spectacular performance and production! The stage transformations were incredible and the semi-modern take was perfect - not too over-the-top but not strictly classic. Everyone must see this at least once!

reviewed Sep 25 2010 report as inappropriate
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Pure and hot, passionate and true—in Romeo and Juliet, the feverish intensity of youth explodes on CST’s stage in the most celebrated love story of all time. A romance ignites in young Romeo and Juliet as the vicious rivalry of their families, the Montagues and the Capulets, hurls their fates to destiny.

“What I love about American actors is they are very bold, they’re very adventurous,” director Gale Edwards says of staging Romeo and Juliet in her Chicago Shakespeare debut. “So you can actually find an exciting physicality for a production. In Romeo and Juliet, of course, that’s very important. It’s a youthful story about young people. It’s a physical story.”

Edwards insists that her new production at Chicago Shakespeare “be brought to life in the now, for this audience, and this place and this time,” electrifying the Bard’s classic poetry with a contemporary immediacy and setting her Romeo and Juliet apart from all others.

Joining Edwards for**__ __**__Romeo and Juliet __are some of Chicago’s most highly regarded classical performers, as well as some outstanding newcomers to Chicago Shakespeare’s stage. Making their CST debuts as the star-crossed lovers are Jeff Lillico and Joy Farmer-Clary. Lillico, who recently garnered a Dora Mavor Moore Award from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts for his turn as Fabrizio in The Light in the Piazza, has numerous credits at the Shaw Festival Theatre and Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Farmer-Clary’s credits include productions at Lincoln Center and the Tony Award-winning Old Globe. CST veterans returning for Edwards’ production include: Ora Jones, last seen in Twelfth Night, as Nurse; Brendan Marshall-Rashid, as Paris; Judy Blue as Lady Capulet; Brandon Ford as Gregory; and Steve Haggard as Benvolio.

Also returning is David Lively as Friar Laurence, who previously played King Henry IV in CST’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, marking the Theater’s debut at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2006. The cast for Edwards’ production is rounded out by Zach Appelman as Tybalt, James Elly as Abraham, Kenn E. Head as Escalus/Apothecary, Jonathan Hicks as Anthony, Ben Huth as Balthazar, John Judd as Lord Capulet, Tom McElroy as Lord Montague, Lily Mojekwu as Lady Montague, Marvin Quijada as Sampson, Ariel Shafir as Mercutio, Scott Westerman as Peter, and ensemble members David Musselman and Jude Roche.

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