Posts Tagged ‘Romeo & Juliet’

LIVE: “Romeo & Juliet” @ the New York State Theatre Institute

Friday, March 19th, 2010

NYSTI's production of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo (Brian Nemiroff) must leave his new wife Juliet (Kate Hettesheimer). Photo by Joe Schuyler/Schuyler Photography

When considering a production of a classic war horse like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” there are basically two options for a director:

A.) Hew closely to the original and hope that the passion that you bring to it makes it stand out
B.) Update the material in an attempt to reach out to a contemporary audience

At Russell Sage College’s Schacht Fine Arts Center, the New York State Theatre Institute is currently presenting a “Romeo and Juliet” that clearly takes the tact of Plan B by setting the play in modern-day Iraq.

Ambitious? Yes. And conceptually intriguing, too. The problem is that it doesn’t go far enough…


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