October 6, 2015 |
Teenage angst and parental control. Love at first sight and deep-seated enmity. Quintessence Theatre Group's superbly acted production of Romeo and Juliet magnifies the power of Shakespeare's plot while exemplifying everything that excites and aggravates about this company as it enters its sixth season. First, the acting: Emiley Kiser's Juliet looks like a 13-year-old and acts like one. Her long hair is tousled into braids, and her every line bursts with the hyperbole of youth, adorably without being annoying.
June 15, 2014 |
'This show has never been seen before and will never be seen again. " That is how Bobbi Block, founder of the improv company Tongue & Groove, introduces Unspoken , a 75-minute show that will be created before our eyes and will be based on audience submissions: every show is a one of a kind. She is joined onstage by the talented troupe, all improv veterans, many of whom have surprising day jobs: Beth Dougherty, Noah Herman, Ed Miller, Fred Siegel, and Carrie Spaulding. Slightly offstage is Carol Moog, whose harmonica both accompanies the scenes and lets the performers know when a scene has come to its natural conclusion or has worn out its welcome.
April 12, 2014 |
At its core, Romeo and Juliet , currently receiving a conceptually odd but effective treatment by Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, is all about the irresistible-force paradox: What happens when such a force meets an immovable object? If the force is teenage hormones and the object entrenched parents, the result, as observed by every English-speaking generation since 1597, is guaranteed to be messy. But this Romeo and Juliet , messy in almost all the wrong ways, somehow gets its young lovers and their terrifying frenzies just right.
February 21, 2014
WE'RE pretty sure your local pharmacy doesn't carry a card for a 450th birthday, but that doesn't mean you can't help William Shakespeare celebrate that milestone this year. Last month, the Free Library of Philadelphia began a major, yearlong observance of the Bard of Avon that will feature a multidimensional series of programs. Not surprisingly, at the center of the celebration is Ol' Will's theatrical legacy. "Ninety percent of the programs are related to his plays," said Sandy Horrocks, the library's vice president of external affairs.
February 17, 2014 |
EDISON HIGH SCHOOL senior Kiara Gil-Jimenez had no problem performing a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" in English class - despite the tricky dialogue spoken by Lord Capulet when he learns that his daughter doesn't want to marry Paris. "Thank me no thankings nor proud me no prouds, "But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next," Gil-Jimenez recited from the play during a recent class. Gil-Jimenez and her senior classmates are taking part in the "Romeo and Juliet Project," a 12-day residency hosted by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.
October 16, 2013 |
Director Krista Apple undertook no easy task in her lesbian version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet now being presented by Curio Theatre Company. Unlike Joe Calarco's Shakespeare's R&J , which rewrote the plot to introduce budding homosexual affections between students at an all-boys school, Apple changed little. Romeo is a woman, Juliet falls in love with her, both suffer from the war between their families. The problems here don't lie in the performances. Rachel Gluck delivers a lovable Romeo, her throaty voice and aggressive mannerisms a nice foil to Isa St. Clair's lovely portrayal of innocence.
April 11, 2013
Milo O'Shea, 86, a versatile Dublin-born stage and screen actor known for his famously bristling, agile eyebrows and roles in such disparate films as Ulysses , Barbarella , and Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, died Tuesday, April 2, in New York after a short illness, according to Irish news accounts. Familiar both in starring and supporting roles, Mr. O'Shea, who also appeared in many popular television series, including Cheers, Frasier, The West Wing, and The Golden Girls.
February 15, 2013 |
SOMETIMES ADS hit too close to home. A case in point is a Nike ad featuring Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter better known as "Blade Runner because of his prosthetic legs. He was charged with murder on Thursday after allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to death. Prior to the incident, Nike had an ad on Pistorius' website featuring a series of photos of the runner in freeze-frame motion. In retrospect, the words that accompanied it are chilling: "I AM THE BULLET IN THE CHAMBER" Nike promptly pulled the ad. Wherefore art thou?
October 7, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to the Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend Nora Ephron. Streep has performed for the Public for decades, starting in 1975 and including "Henry V" in 1976 and "Mother Courage and Her Children" in 2006. This summer, she played Juliet opposite Kevin Kline as Romeo in a benefit reading of "Romeo and Juliet" in Central Park. Ephron, who died in June, directed Streep in her portrayal of chef Julia Child in 2009's "Julie & Julia.
May 5, 2012 |
From the outside looking in, there are so many reasons for Curtis Opera Theater not to mount Bellini's bel canto version of the Romeo and Juliet story, I Capuleti e I Montecchi , you couldn't help walking into the Thursday opening with utmost skepticism. Casting this piece is tough enough for world-class opera companies: It requires high-wire Olympic-gold-medal singing as well as a cultivated, highly specific style. Theatrically speaking, these operas can seem hopelessly static and antiquated.