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

March 19th, 2010, 12:28 pm by Greg

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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