Remixing Shakespeare

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2013

Not everything here is on the money. In the performance I saw, the closing scene at the tomb was far too drawn out, breaking the audience's thread of attention that had so carefully been created. The overly elaborate fight choreography is too labored and trudgingly paced to seem spontaneous. But after all, trying too hard and failing is more admirable than screeching safely to a halt before you reach your limits.

Since Romeo and Juliet is probably most people's favorite Shakespeare tragedy, much of what we hear is familiar. Some expressions will trigger a spark of recognition, such as "parting is such sweet sorrow" and "fortune's fool!" (Fortunately, the overwrought line "love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs" doesn't get heard much.) Thank you, Brown/Trinity troupe, for making an old song sound fresh and young.

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