One of Shakespeare’s most well-known and performed plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. The first Broadway staging in 36 years, this revival of Romeo and Juliet retains Shakespeare’s language while moving the setting to contemporary times in which the warring Montague and Capulet families are of different ethnicities.
Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers has captured the imaginations of generations of theatergoers. Director David Leveaux’s revival is a provocative production with a modern, urban vibe. Orlando Bloom makes an impressive Broadway debut as Romeo and Condola Rashad is a lovely complement to him, appearing devoted, pure and wide-eyed. Romeo and Juliet is a striking piece of theater, and the universality of the theme never grows old: finding love, keeping love, the expense of love and, ultimately, the triumph of love over hate.
High drama, violence and Shakespeare’s flowing language might not be appropriate for children, but this production’s modern-day (motorcycles, torn jeans, Dr. Martens) will appeal to teens who have read the play in school. Young fans of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes may especially appreciate the contemporary revival.
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