Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Romeo & Juliet (Mobile Shakespeare Unit)

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Romantic, Enchanting

About the show

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | Public Theater (East Village)

Member Reviews (31)


Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Romantic, Enchanting
Avg Score

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Refreshing, Intense

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.

Show for audience unfamiliar with shakespeare is strong on action, weak on poetry

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

Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated, Original

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.

Engaging romantic concise thrilling

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.

Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you want to see a modern take on a classic play.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare.

Energetic, Youthful, Brisk, Resonates, Contemporized in a good way

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.

Enchanting, Long, Uneven, Refreshing, Clunky

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."

Entertaining, Cute

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Romantic

See it if You want to see the best classical acting the city has to offer.

Don't see it if You don't like heightened language.

Clever, Fun, Refreshing, Moving

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 have to

Don't see it if You can avoid it

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Enchanting, Great staging

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.

Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Great executed drama. Well casted. Well acted.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakes.

Romantic, Must see, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Indulgent, Must see, Romantic

See it if You love the epic tale of the two suicidal lovers

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You like the story of Romeo and juliet

Don't see it if You don't like classic love stories

Absorbing, Romantic, Riveting, Exquisite, Entertaining

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.

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Epic, Romantic

See it if you love Shakespeare...

Don't see it if you don't...

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you like romance

Don't see it if If you don't like tragedy

Cliched, Dated, Great acting

See it if You want to see a classic

Don't see it if You dislike cliches.

Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You can

Don't see it if you have a thin attention span

Indulgent, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if EPIC

Don't see it if You've never read it

Great acting, Overrated, Great writing

See it if You like Shakepeare's classic story

Don't see it if You don't like the story

Romantic, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you are into romantic shows and loves love.

Don't see it if you cannot handle tradegy.

April 15th, 2016
"Mr. Best is powerfully charming, an appealing mix of youthful braggadocio and sincere emotion...Ms. Workman is a less assured actress, but her Juliet is sweetly innocent, and much of the supporting cast does fine work...Sure, some things are lost in this rendition: a couple of soliloquies; the t...
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April 18th, 2016
“The spirited and freewheeling 'Romeo & Juliet' is a 90-minute diversion played by a nine-member cast on a simple rug surrounded on four sides by a few rows of audience...Sheldon Best's cocky Romeo with a sensitive side is a fine match for Ayana Workman's sweet and playful Juliet...As is customar...
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April 15th, 2016
"Its forays into humor can be too bald, too unnecessary, and borderline destructive to the pensive mood Shakespeare labored so tirelessly to create. And none of the performances is likely to linger long in your mind as a definitive interpretation. But overall it lands, sometimes electrically so, ...
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April 16th, 2016
"It’s a high-energy, high-impact performance with brilliant fight direction by Schall...This war between the Capulets and the Montagues features authentic, edgy performances...This artistic team has sought to create a play that is mobile in every way. With this notion, there is a sense of engagem...
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