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.
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 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 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'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 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 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 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.
See it if You're interested in Shakesperian stories told in a new way, Intimate spaces and small casts.
Don't see it if You need spectacle to be entertained or don't like Shakespere
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