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When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2018

Kite & Key Theatre’s musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare by way of Glee, but it’s less painful than that sounds. Adapted and directed by Kate Leslie, These Violent Delights incorporates pop and rock songs into a significantly cut down version of the script. Leslie combines characters and mashes up scenes to keep the pace moving between songs, which include both contemporary tunes by Walk the Moon and Sara Bareilles and classics like “Bad Moon Rising” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” These connections aren’t subtle, but Leslie finds the right songs for the moment, with inspired use of the Kesha tracks “Die Young” and “Follow You” at key moments in the star-crossed courtship. Smooth direction and passionate performances make this a lively, charming take on very familiar source material. Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Oliver Sava

Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance


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