Tag: Romeo and Juliet
If any of William Shakespeare’s plays do not warrant restaging, Romeo and Juliet is #1 with a bullet. Unless a unique perspective can be taken and executed well. Many directors have sought to keep this story alive for new audiences. We have seen a martial arts film starring Jet Li, a Broadway musical about gangs… Read More ›
There is only one word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s current production of Romeo & Juliet, and it is “Wow!” Emily Ranii so emphasizes the beauty of The Bard’s language, poetry, emotional universe, and movements that it becomes this cast’s possession for two hours. And they share it with us in abandon. Ranii herself is… Read More ›
I had misgivings upon learning that Carolina Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet would be presented in the A. J. Fletcher Opera Theater instead of Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. After all, this is a full-length ballet, which typically calls for a large cast, multiple scene changes, and dancing on a grand scale. The choice of venue… Read More ›
Lara O’Brien is as light as a feather in her moving performance of Juliet in Carolina Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, which opened tonight in Raleigh and runs through March 30.
Last weekend, when Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre gave William Shakespeare’s timeless 16th century tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet,” an American Civil War setting, a battle between the Blue and the Gray seemed to be in the offing, with Juliet and the Capulets clashing with Romeo and the Montagues. But nothing like that happened on closing night last Saturday. The cities of Verona and Mantua were redubbed Virginia and Maryland; and director Jerry Sipp retained the character of Prince Escalus (strutted and fretted by Brook North), who had powers of life and death over an unspecified portion of Old Virginny.
On Oct. 4-6 in Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Team Montague and Team Capulet will square off once again for their epic family feud in a modernized community-theater presentation of “Romeo and Juliet,” produced by Deb Royals and directed by Jerry Sipp and starring 27-year-old Ira David Wood IV as Romeo. Originally set during the 14th century in Verona and Mantua, Italy, this late 16th century tragedy of star-crossed lovers by English dramatist William Shakespeare (1564-1616) will now unfold during the era of the American Civil War (1861-65) and be performed under the stars.
The Ruth S. Shur Summer Intensive Program for young dancers will begin its third season on Monday, June 18, 2012. Once again Carolina Ballet and Saint Mary’s School are collaborating on this summer intensive which attracts young dancers to the Raleigh area from all around the country. “Our partnership with Saint Mary’s has been terrific,” says artistic director Robert Weiss. “We are so lucky to have their beautiful campus be home to the dancers for the five weeks they are here.”
Michelle Aravena and Evy Ortiz Are Dazzling as Anita and Maria in “West Side Story” at DPAC on June 5-10
Whether we’re talking about William Shakespeare or Stephen Sondheim, classic works of theater become classics because their stories hit an emotional bone for a large majority of the population. Such is the case with West Side Story, currently playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Written in 1957 by Arthur Laurents, who died in 2011… Read More ›
The Durham Performing Arts Center will present the First National Tour of the critically acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” a modern retelling Elizabethan playwright and poet William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet,” on June 5-10.
Seventy-three years ago, celebrated Chapel Hill, NC playwright Paul Green (1894-1981), who won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for IN ABRAHAM’S BOSOM, pioneered a whole new genre, which he called a “symphonic drama of American history,” when he wrote THE LOST COLONY about the ill-fated 1587 English attempt to plant a permanent settlement on… Read More ›
While Letters to Juliet is a thoroughly predictable romantic comedy (savvy audience members will have the ending worked about in about ten minutes), it is done well and actually does supply a somewhat original back story.
There is not much left to say about Romeo and Juliet that has not already been said: the power of romantic love, the impetuousness of youth, and the ongoing dilemma of whether to allow your children to follow their hearts at all costs. All that is left to experience with Romeo and Juliet is the feeling, and that is where Artistic Director Robert Weiss’ production begins.
When Robert Weiss presented Romeo and Juliet to Raleigh audiences at the end of his company’s first season in 1999, the News & Observer hailed it as “simply stunning,” with the caveat “this review is going to be tedious – because it’s all going to be an unadulterated rave.”