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Juliet + Romeo

From 1 critic and 26 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing

About the show

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.

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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.



85
Times Square Chronicles

“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


99
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Resonant

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

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

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.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

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.

79
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging, Refreshing

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.

78
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Romantic

See it if you love seeing adaptations of shows which bring them to a new light

Don't see it if you dislike shakespeare

77
Clever, Funny, Quirky

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

Also The conceit of this story is that a young teenage girl who is sufferin... Read more Read less

75
Clever premise, Uneven acting, Strong staging, Almost 2 hrs, Barebones

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.

71
Ambitious, Original concept, Well staged, Good ensemble cast, Lovely set and lighting

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.

Also The power, durability and malleability of Shakespeare's work never cea... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a modern uptake on classical Shakepeare!

Don't see it if Unless you have a heavy outercoat and warm woolen mittens.

67
Ambitious, Uneven, Interesting concept that needs further development, Indulgent, Creative lighting

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.

65
Disappointing, Great acting, Creative idea, not realized

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

Also We should all keep following Alyssa May Gold. She has a very creative ... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You’re a Shakespeare fan and you aren’t put off by reinterpretations. This is not a very strong production.

Don't see it if Your a traditionalist looking for Romeo and Juliet.

52
Disappointing, Indulgent, Raunchy, Banal, Great acting

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

Also Gratuitous running sophomoric commentary by a young adolescent adds no... Read more Read less

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Riveting

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!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Creative interpretation of Romeo and Juliet - highlights gender differences when passion and lust are at play for two young people.

Don't see it if You hate joy.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant

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)

99
Clever, Refreshing, Great acting

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.

99
Ambitious, Enchanting, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

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

Also Having a teenage girl as the audience surrogate gave a wonderful new t... Read more Read less

97
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

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.

Also Wow. I LOVED this production. The staging was so fresh, fun and clear.... Read more Read less

97
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging

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.

Also Everything worked in this retelling of Romeo & Juliet. This is an inve... Read more Read less

96
Enchanting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

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.

Also I so enjoyed seeing talented actors move seamlessly though a modern te... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Enchanting, Great acting, Relevant, Fresh take

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.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Absorbing

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.

Also This was great. I came straight from work and I thought I would get bo... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Refreshing

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.

Also The music (especially as you walk into the space) really was great. An... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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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