The Workshop Theater presents a story of real love in Shakespeare's star-crossed city, complete with misunderstandings, perfect happiness, and devastating heartbreak. More…
In fair Verona where we lay our scene, an ancient grudge has very little to do with Mercutio's difficulties in love. Classical verse is mixed with 'Star Wars' references and Beatles lyrics in this tragicomedy about the lives and loves of Shakespeare's characters before they got swept up in the Bard's work.
"Playwright Laura Hirschberg takes a powerful swing at making an original theater piece out of an oft-told-tale. It works. And, it works in the modest digs of the Workshop Theater…'Verona Walls' comes off as fresh and fun—even clever…McCurdy is quite remarkable. He is the standout in a cast of accomplished performers…Director DeLisa M. White milks the youthful exuberance of the characters. The very best moments in 'Verona Walls' are those that capture the playfulness that goes with youth.” Full Review
"Kudos to Laura Hirschberg for almost pulling it off, and the excellent cast, for making these potentially annoying bros into people it wouldn’t kill you to know...Without the cross-time, cutesy cultural references, there’s a real play here. It would be interesting if Hirschberg wrote that play – she’s good enough to pull it off. In the meantime, 'Verona Walls' has much to entertain, charm, and delight you, and is well worth seeing." Full Review
"If you’re looking for passionate kissing and witty one-liners, this show is right up your alley...The cast is young and channels that energy nicely into well-crafted onstage relationships that are a joy to watch. That said, most also have a tendency to carry a joke or dramatic moment one beat too far, pushing some moments into a melodramatic place...'Verona Walls' is overdramatic at times, yes, but this is a 'Romeo and Juliet' story and drama is certainly to be expected." Full Review
"A blend of Shakespearean zingers and modern references create a textual concoction that's hard to swallow...When it appears confused, it becomes confusing to those watching…The way Hirschberg and White incorporated the music took away from the heart of the piece…Despite the woes of the text, 'Verona Walls' featured a capable company that was nothing short of entertaining…Yes, it is entertaining and the company is efficient in bringing fun, but 'Verona Walls' is problematic." Full Review
See it if the idea of 'hipster Shakespeare' intrigues you. Great prequel concept; could be a knock-out if the playwright had the courage to simplify.
Don't see it if you don't have empathy for new work. 40mins & all jukebox songs MUST be cut, yet Ryan McCurdy's masterful Mercutio makes the night worth it.
See it if You get a kick out of Shakespeare references, modern music and clever quips mixed with poignant acting and a great story.
Don't see it if The combination of Shakespeare and the Beatles would bother you.
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