The Contemporary Theater Company began in 2005 as the Courthouse Summer Theater Company, founded by Princeton theater grads, of whom artistic director Christopher J. Simpson remains. Since then, the troupe has performed more than a dozen full-length plays. One of their productions was The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), a spooky but respectful attempt to perform all 37 of the Bard's plays in two acts. Scheduled later this year are Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge. Between its sense of humor and lack of pretension, this production of Romeo and Juliet comes across, before things get grim, more like a comedy than a tragedy. William would have approved.

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