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New York | 1h 30m | Ends Feb 02

Juliet + Romeo

From 13 member reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

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.


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.

Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

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

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.

Ambitious, Well staged, Original concept, 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

Ambitious, Indulgent, Uneven, Interesting concept that needs further development, 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.

Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

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.

Great acting, Raunchy, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

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

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

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, 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

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, 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

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

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

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

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

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

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.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging

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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Direct from the Box Office

Typical fees: $8 - $15 per ticket. Can usually choose your own seats. You can save on fees by buying at the physical box office.

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