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Romeo Juliet Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 1 2012

Sean Graney's loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet draws not only on Shakespeare's tragedy but on Felice Romani's libretto for a Vincenzo Bellini opera, The Capulets and the Montagues. In Graney's alternately ardent and jokey staging for the Hypocrites, "fair Verona" looks a lot like a blanket fort in your nana's rec room. The audience is led into a small, green gingham tent where a cast of four acts out the whole thing on a shag rug. The production's peculiar combination of immediacy and irreverence seems at times to satirize teenage love (so intense, so careless). At other times, it feels like Graney is riffing and remixing for the sake of riffing and remixing. Still, the last scene is wrenching, thanks in large part to Walter Briggs's ferocious Romeo. —Zac Thompson

Price: $36


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