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Romeo and Juliet (Wheelhouse Theater Company)

63 Members say: Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging
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The Wheelhouse Theater Company presents Shakespeare's most iconic love story. More…

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.


90
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

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


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

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Classic, Great staging

See it if You love the modern twist on Shakespeare

Don't see it if You like a modern twist on Shakespeare

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

88
Funny, Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like original staging and a modern/original take on an old story.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or if you like seeing shows with larger casts. You want to see a musical.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You are relatively familiar with Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, and don't mind small hot theaters.

Don't see it if You have never seen the play before, or are easily confused by actors doubling for multiple characters.

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Fun, Lively, Great scene work

See it if Emerging young actors giving 110%, great line/beat/scene work, crafting mult. roles. Actors with size and talent easily fill black box. Fun!

Don't see it if Hot theater-you'll sweat. Polarity comedy ->tragedy is clear, but maybe b/c 2 directors, a few inconsistent moments, end feels too familiar.

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.

84
Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if Modern twists on classic Shakespeare

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespeare

84
Ambitious, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You like Shakespeare somewhat modernized, great acting, fast moving.

Don't see it if You are a strict traditionalist about Shakespeare

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

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

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
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

80
Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you appreciate young fresh talent, a fresh and creative take on a well known classic.

Don't see it if you want a more professional production or a more traditional approach to theater.

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.

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.

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.

79
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want Shakespeare to "come alive" in a modern way.

Don't see it if You want a traditional Shakespeare experience true to the "original"

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

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

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

77
Clever, Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy seeing unconventional Shakespeare productions performed by a small cast with minimal props/sets/costumes.

Don't see it if You want large cast period productions of Shakespeare, or if you are easily confused by actors portraying multiple roles.

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.

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.)

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


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