The Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit presents the Bard's timeless tale of star crossed lovers, directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet. More…
In some of the most romantic language ever written for the stage, young Romeo and Juliet become fortune’s fools when the ancient grudge between their families forces them to sacrifice all for the chance to be together. Obie-Award winner Lear deBessonet directs this classic tale of star-cross’d lovers caught between the world outside the bedroom window and passion as boundless as the sea.
See it if you like the Bard, or even if you don't (be converted). Judicious cutting, clever staging, strong acting (great Romeo). Emotionally intense.
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare old-fashioned. This is a refreshing take, emphasizing youthful exuberance. Skillfully performed in the round.
See it if /for troupe dedicated to entertaining the audience, energetic fight scenes, vital Romeo by Sheldon Best
Don't see it if /since actors sometimes mistake vehemence for acting, gorgeous language of classic is not projected, original music repetitive/boring
See it if You like all things Shakespeare
Don't see it if You are used to the Mobile Shakespeare being AMAZING. While very well acted, the main actors were mismatched, and the staging wasn't great.
See it if Sheldon Best is a charismatic Romeo. (third time I've seen him on stage) 90 minutes fly by. deBessonet directs an intimate presentation.
Don't see it if Fight direction is thrilling. Max Woertendyke is a combative Mercutio. I saw him last year at Juilliard from which he recently graduated.
See it if you want to see R&J in a brisk, fast-paced performance. Perfect for the "not sure about Shakespeare" crowd and for young people.
Don't see it if You've seen other R&Js and don't need another one, or you aren't up for traditional language.
See it if you want to support the Mobile Shakespeare outreach program (and you should!), see 8 actors playing all roles, plus a violinist/singer.
Don't see it if / As a diehard Mobile Shakes fan, this one doesn't stand out as much, but its reason for being outweighs any "review."
See it if You're a Shakespeare fan or if you want a refresher on Romeo & Juliet with a unique, short (90-min) presentation.
Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare, stick only to really professional, large-scale productions, or hate when actors interact with the audience.
See it if You want a great intro to Shakespeare in a lively, funny, no -traditional, yet still moving performance.
Don't see it if You want to see a traditional version of the play. Also, this is a shorter version of the original, though it still feels whole.
See it if You're not sure you like Shakespeare, or you think Shakespeare can only be performed or enjoyed by a certain demographic.
Don't see it if You've seen a million R&Js already, and/or you're going to scream a silent scream if someone has made vast cuts to a beloved play.
See it if you like simple storytelling, great acting and want a refreshingly quick bite-sized introduction to or re-imagining of Shakespeare.
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist, want to hear the text in its entirety, aren't open to stretching your imagination.
See it if you are into romance and mushy gushy stuff. Also you should see it if you like literature. I love seeing things come to life(:
Don't see it if you aren't into romance and hate sad endings.
See it if You love Shakespeare and classic romances. It's dreamy in the language and exquisite in the telling of the story!
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or can't understand Elizabethan dialogue.