The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet | Evanston Arts Depot | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 21 2010

Two Pence Shakespeare debuts with the Bard's tragedy of star-crossed lovers felled by their feuding families--and by a friar who dispenses homemade narcotics and terrible advice. Director Tom Wells sets his staging in Italy between the two world wars in order to introduce the theme of men returning home from combat, but you'd never know that's his intent unless you read the program: it certainly doesn't come across onstage. Some performances show promise (Austin Campion's sensitive Romeo, Brian Judkins's steely Tybalt), but others lack assurance and subtlety. The Capulets get the worst of it: Christa Sablic aims for impetuous and impassioned as Juliet but ends up seeming perpetually beside herself, while Sherry Legare plays Juliet's nurse as a simpering cartoon. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$20

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