This is the fifth production of Romeo and Juliet that I had been called upon to write about in the past four years – I saw it at Main Street Stage in 2008, at Shakespeare & Company in 2009, at NYSTI and Bakerloo last year, and now at Shakespeare & Company…again.
While the Company is promoting this as their first Main Stage production since 1999, they have performed it on other stages in the interim, most recently on the Bernstein stage in a bare-bones production that toured schools in New England all winter before returning home to Lenox to open the 2009 season. It was a very nice production, and designed for folks with short attention spans – which may be most of us these days – it ran a full hour shorter than this staging. I have to say that I don’t enjoy sitting in the theatre for more than three hours, and this production clocks in at three hours and twenty minutes. And since all the light-hearted moments come before intermission and you know how it ends – that last 30-45 minutes is kind of torturous.