Carolina Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet Features a Majestic Set, Sumptuous Costumes, and Simply the Best Juliet Anywhere

Principal dancers Margaret Severin-Hansen and Marcelo Martinez play the title characters in Carolina Ballet's Romeo & Juliet in Raleigh's A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater (photo by Yevgeny Shlapko)

William Shakespeare’s tale of starcrossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, continues to live and to be reimagined throughout the years, because of the beauty of the tale and the timelessness of the young lovers and their passionate commitment to each other. Everyone knows the story, and every theater company and dance troupe produces the appropriate adaptation… Continue reading Carolina Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet Features a Majestic Set, Sumptuous Costumes, and Simply the Best Juliet Anywhere

Bare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet Imagines a City on Fire

Chris McBennett and McKenna Waldron star as Romeo and Juliet (photo by Yorgason Photography)

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… Continue reading Bare Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet Imagines a City on Fire

There Is Only One Word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Romeo & Juliet,” and It is “Wow!”

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… Continue reading There Is Only One Word for Burning Coal Theatre Company’s “Romeo & Juliet,” and It is “Wow!”

The Carolina Ballet’s Marcelo Martinez Is an Ardent Romeo and Lara O’Brien Is a Winsome Juliet

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… Continue reading The Carolina Ballet’s Marcelo Martinez Is an Ardent Romeo and Lara O’Brien Is a Winsome Juliet

Carolina Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet”

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.