Pocket Universe turns its attention to the power of perspective in this new adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous work; and how, as time and humanity evolve, the classics are received today.
Two households, both alike in dignity. One belongs to Juliet Capulet, the other to a teenage girl reading "Romeo + Juliet" for the first time in 2019, desperately looking for the great love story she has been promised.
“Gold’s adaptation and direction tells the age old story through a youthful and feminist lens...The framing device of delivering the story through the lens of Maddie’s world is very successful. It is clear that Maddie is in control of how the story is perceived...The movement of the piece is fluid with quick fight choreography and charming dance choreography...It is always pleasant to enjoy an old story with a new twist, and Pocket Universe’s production gets it just right.” Full Review
See it if you're eager for more stories told from women's perspectives, or have had your heart broken by a character, or are looking for fresh take
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist, you are positive R&J is a love story, you like the status quo
See it if You want a fresh take on Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare productions can feel dense & dated & unrelatable but they’ve breathed new life into it.
Don't see it if u prefer classical Shakespeare productions & sets. This requires you to get into the mind of a teenage girl. Like Juliet is. Clever concept.
See it if an accessible, energetic production of romeo and juliet with solid acting performed up close and personal sounds like fun
Don't see it if you expect more than a retelling of the story, like some backstory on the teenage girl or better commentary in some parts.
See it if you want a new take on the Shakespeare play set in contemporary dress with commentary by a young, first-time reader of the work.
Don't see it if you want the original play. It ran a bit long and the metal, folding chairs made for an uncomfortable evening.
See it if you are interested in fresh takes on Shakespeare, you find teenage angst compelling
Don't see it if you mind walking up 4 flights of rickety stairs to see a show, you're expecting polish, you prefer your Shakespeare to be traditional
See it if you like new takes: R+J thru eyes of teenage girl. Youthful cast of 6 (4 w, 2 m) play all roles. In the round. No intermsn. Lacks emotion.
Don't see it if you want gr WS acting. Only Pisano shines (R&J disappoint). Commentary lost in last 1/3, was missed. Fun dancing. Study plot beforehand.
See it if You're up for a modern high school girl's understandable reactions and commentary as she reads R&J for the first time.
Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight and linear, with fewer cuts and a larger cast.
See it if You like R&J enough to ignore uneven acting, unattractive modern costumes and minimal staging. Interesting ideas not fully realized.
Don't see it if You're expecting insights from the "teenage girl reading R&J for the first time". Relevant commentary at the start is basically dropped half
Also way through.
See it if you want to see great acting and the work of young director, producer, actor, Alyssa May Gold, who shows great, but yet unrealized potential
Don't see it if if you want to see a strong, young female protagonist staunch in her beliefs
See it if you can’t get enough Romeo and Juliet and enjoy it in a small theatre round with modern costumes, minimal set, and a young cast and spin
Don't see it if you are bored with Romeo and Juliet, cannot understand Shakespearean English even with unambiguous actor tells, or prefer romsnce to raunch
See it if you love brilliant acting and directing, contemporary reimagining of classical text, creative storytelling, creation of a beautiful world
Don't see it if There's no reason to not see this excellent show!
See it if A thought provoking take on an absolute classic! Shows clear respect for the original story and thoughtful, critical modern interpretation!
Don't see it if You think Romeo and Juliet is a romance to envy (or, do, but prepare to be challenged)
See it if You’ve seen Romeo and Juliet a hundred times and want to hear it in a whole new way with a new, relatable character!
Don't see it if You think Romeo and Juliet is a childish romance and are not up for having your mind changed.
See it if You like seeing new takes on established works, you read romeo and juliet in high school and yelled at the book, you enjoy theater
Don't see it if You prefer stricter, unimaginative interpretations
See it if You know R&J (we all read it in high school, right?) and you love an energetic, wonderfully acted, funny and poignant take on the classic.
Don't see it if You've forgotten, or refuse to remember, what it was like to be a teenager.
See it if You want to see an original, inventive "take" that combines great acting, staging and some humor, all done in 90 engrossing minutes.
Don't see it if You are a "purist" who cannot tolerate anyone reimagining Shakespeare.
See it if See it if you enjoy a fresh telling of the classic story, especially if you never quite understood or empathized with its characters.
Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are unmovably committed to well-known movie versions of the play.
See it if you enjoy modern re-framings of classics, strong ensemble acting, and an enchanting, immersive scenic design!
Don't see it if you are looking for fully adapted modern text, are a Shakespeare purist, or think R+J is a true love story.
See it if You like when Shakespeare is shaken up a bit, in an intimate space with excellent acting. The staging & performances made the story clear.
Don't see it if You actually think Romeo & Juliet is a romantic ideal and you won't be told otherwise.
See it if You want to “rethink” some wording of this play (you most likely read first in high school). Like seeing twists on the Bard’s work.
Don't see it if You want a straight up reading of this play. Or don’t like plays with no intermission.
See it if You like modern interpretations of Shakespeare. You like plays in intimate settings. You want a cast well-versed in classical text.
Don't see it if You prefer Shakespeare in its original format w/no cuts. You don't want a commentary on the verse. You prefer plays w/big production values.
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