Monday, April 15, 2013

Shakespeare Factory Produces a Fresh 'Romeo & Juliet'




Brendan Edward Kennedy (Romeo)
and Kathryn Zoerb (Juliet) Photo: Will Kirk
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is an ancient play as it was written sometime between 1591 and 1595.  The language used, Elizabethan English, is rather arcane.  And the costumes reflect 16th century everyday wardrobe.  But the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s production of Romeo and Juliet, though staying true to the original work, adds a dose of freshness and contemporary whimsy that makes it a fun experience—the play’s tragedies notwithstanding.  An unexpected moment, for example, occurs when cast members begin to dance to “Call Me Maybe” during the play.
The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory prides itself on presenting their plays that are authentically Shakespeare in the manner in which they are staged.  Three productions this season take place in a venue that was once a church but is formatted so that the seating, all pews, is arranged on both sides of the stage as well as in front.  (Two other plays this season will be performed in an outdoor setting.) 

To read full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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