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Romeo and Juliet (Wheelhouse Theater Company)

Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging
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Critics
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2 reviews
Members
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63 reviews
 

The Wheelhouse Theater Company presents Shakespeare's most iconic love story.

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This new mounting of the Bard's famous romance aims to mine the polarities of comedy and tragedy, love and hate, through playful, ensemble-driven work, which lies at the heart of the Wheelhouse approach to theater. The company sets up a great height of comedic joy from which the production falls into the depths of tragedy.

 

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Reviews (65)

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87
Avg Score

85
TheaterScene.net

"A cast of six spirited actors all perfectly portray multiple roles…The Wheelhouse Theater Company presents this fast-paced and faithful version of the romantic classic...Wise and Mr. Harrington’s staging is visually compelling with a number of clever touches...The integrity of 'Romeo & Juliet' is never compromised by this streamlined and vigorous representation, and this American cast uniformly handles the verse with finesse." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"If the team set out to shatter the preconceived ideas of a traditional 'Romeo and Juliet,' then it should be proud. Intentions changed, sometimes making traditionally serious moments joyfully comic, and frequently casting classic lines in new light…The Wheelhouse Theater Company prides itself on its ensemble‐focused efforts, and in this they don’t disappoint. They’ve sown seeds in a fertile space, and the result is a new and exciting varietal." Full Review

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Original, Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Indulgent

See it if like interesting modern dress productions of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare done with only 6 actors and where some of the directorial ideas are odd

69
Clever, Overrated, Amateurish

See it if you love Shakespeare and don't mind well-acted but an overall amateur-like show. Well edited script though.

Don't see it if Not sure why, but felt more like a good high school/college show than a professional one.

65
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great lighting

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare done differently.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Shakespeare performed non-traditionally.

70
Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow, Has its moments, Tries a little too hard

See it if You want to support a troupe of newly professional actors. You enjoy seeing different interpretations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You want a more seasoned classical cast. You want Shakespeare presented in a more traditional manner. You want a big production.

50
Dizzying, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want the a 90 minute cheat sheet version of this classic

Don't see it if you hate cute abridged versions of the Bard's plays

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Edgy

See it if You like edgy takes on classic Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You've seen enough productions of Romeo and Juliet to last a lifetime

40
Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if You're lookin for a cheap show and willing to sit through a cheap show

Don't see it if You don't like artistic interpretations of classic texts, small casts, cast members playing multiple roles

71
Original, Edgy, Relevant

See it if If you like an innovative modern take on Shakeapeare

Don't see it if If you like traditional takes on Shakespearian plays

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You enjoy beautifully told Shakespeare. Great actors playing multiple roles, often in the same scene. 90min, no intermission, perfect length

Don't see it if You don't like lighter takes on Shakespeare's tragedies. Intimate black box theater with an insufficient AC unit- that's the only bad bit.

80
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare, intimate theater spaces, fun & shortened takes on Romeo & Juliet at 90 min, no intermission, which was nice.

Don't see it if you're looking for a very serious, dark take on Romeo & Juliet. This is a lighthearted, fun, enjoyable version.

84
Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want: Versatile young actors Great enunciation Perfect fight scenes Terrific interpretation Clever direction Enthusiasm Fun night out

Don't see it if You do not like the abridged version of Shakespeare's plays You do not like anything changed into a modern concept Have no spirit

85
Clever, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You love Shakespeare and already familiar with R&J. The poetic language comes at you thick and fast, and if you listen hard it will soar.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is like "greek" to you and a timeless classic tragic love story just isn't your thing.

78
Funny, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You love Shakespeare and would enjoy seeing it in a modern abridged format. Young NYU trained actors with good foundation in theatre.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 90 minutes in a hot theatre without water or an intermission. Some uneven moments. Romeo seemed way too old for the part

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like Shakespeare and can appreciate well trained enthusiastic actors. The cast has high energy and covers the multiple roles well.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters with struggling AC.

88
Original, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a modernized take on Shakespeare

Don't see it if you like traditional Shakespeare

72
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like minimalist productions of classic works, you like an emphasis on comedy when it comes to Shakespeare, you want an intimate show

Don't see it if you don't have an appreciation for The Bard, or if you want to see a play with a larger cast or more detailed design (costumes, set, etc.)

84
Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Modern twists on classic Shakespeare

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare

79
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like to see a director's "hand" on the work...like to see fresh interps of Shakespeare...like major production focus on the language.

Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare "purest"...are addicted to expensive spectacle...don't like "black box" work...don't like intermission-less productions

68
Confusing, Fluffy

See it if you want to a funny production

Don't see it if you are a classic fan

83
Funny, Original, Clever, Quirky, Great directing

See it if you like small ensemble Shakespeare productions, imaginative staging and direction, awesome group of actors and production team!

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the story, can't sit through it without an intermission and if you aren't into Shakespeare feeling contemporary

77
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if Interesting take on a great classic. Clearly spoken, easy to follow. Acting was terrific and the cast was quite talented.

Don't see it if You like absolutely authentic productions, go to the Globe.

68
Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if There was something missing. The actors worked too hard, and we're not very natural.

Don't see it if Too loud.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love Shakespeare, enjoy abstract artistic interpretations of violence, appreciate humor in a tragic show, love good supporting actors

Don't see it if you can't sit through 90 minutes of Shakespeare with no intermission and minimal AC, you want the leads to be the strongest part of the show

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You love Shakespeare and R&J and masterful artists who carry out and excellent performance in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate set/costumes or are expecting theatrical "props" outside of amazing talent.

67
Original, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy modern, minimalist staging of the Bard

Don't see it if You're a traditionalist expecting a large in numbers cast, grand costumes and production