March 11, 2012 |
People in Center City are thrusting blades and filling the air with clanks and zings. They spring into the air as others slash with swords where they were standing just a moment earlier. Some spar while racing about, or hurl stray weapons and send them spinning into other fighters' hands. Some come at others with daggers. Several die, it appears. Then they get up. It's a coincidence, but this month of March features more swordplay on Center City professional stages than usual - three substantial productions that cannot be effectively staged without old-fashioned dueling violence.
April 22, 1991 |
The Pennsylvania Ballet's season for 1991-92 will feature two world premieres by artistic director Christopher d'Amboise and the return, after a two-year absence, of John Cranko's popular Romeo and Juliet. In an effort to trim costs, only five programs of repertory will be offered, as compared with this year's seven-program format. The company will also present its annual Christmastime run of The Nutcracker, from Dec. 13 to 31, at the Academy of Music. The season opens at the Shubert Theater on Oct. 9, for a week, with the first of d'Amboise's premieres, a ballet based on ancient myth.
April 22, 2010 |
"For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo. " In more ways than one. Woe, that is. This production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a joint venture of the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater, has been touring since early January, and Philadelphia's Annenberg Center is the 26th and final stop. It must be murder to keep up a schedule like that - a few days here, a few days there - so maybe that's why this production is so lifeless. Or maybe it's so flat because the acting is so broad and illustrative, and nearly every rhyme is punched: There is hardly a moment when you feel these are human beings, feeling intense emotions, speaking from their hearts and minds.
February 16, 2000 |
Romeo and Juliet. Pelleas and Melisande. Samson and Dalila. Donald and Margarita? Well, yes. The Philadelphia Orchestra Monday night not only took note of celebrated couples in the musical repertoire, but also revealed the love story of one of its own - Donald Montanaro, its associate principal clarinetist, and Margarita Csonka Montanaro, coprincipal harpist. At the orchestra's Valentine's Day concert, Donald, looking slightly embarrassed, told the audience how the two had met in the orchestra more than 35 years ago, protesting slightly that the story was "not very interesting.
March 9, 2012 |
Lantern Theater Company's Romeo and Juliet begins before it begins: fights on the street, stealthy comings and goings, women are grabbed, rich, highborn men are drunk and belligerent. Everyone is armed to the teeth - swords and knives - and then somebody says "peace. " Yeah, right. What a place Verona is: Feuds, duels, and havoc will, as they say, ensue. The young star-crossed lovers will, through their suicides, teach their parents the need for reconciliation. This old, sad story is about two teenagers from warring families who have a moment of joy only to have things go terribly wrong through an agony of mistiming, mistakes, parental commands, and just plain bad luck.
June 13, 2005 |
Does art imitate life, or life imitate art? You couldn't tell this weekend at the Academy of Music, during the final Pennsylvania Ballet performances of Prokofiev's masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet. " After everyone took their bows after Saturday afternoon's performance, the curtain rose again on principal dancers Julie Diana and Zachary Hench. Hench, on bended knee, offered an engagement ring to the astonished Diana. No one seems to have known about Hench's plans except Diana's parents, here visiting from San Francisco.
March 7, 2000 |
Major life changes, even happy ones, create enormous stress. So it's no wonder that, by the third act of the Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, playing through Sunday at the Academy of Music, Juliet Capulet is a wreck. In barely three days, the luminous 14-year-old (danced with great charm and seriousness by Leslie Carothers Saturday evening) has met her intended husband, jilted him by falling hard for the equally lovestruck scion of an enemy clan, married the outlaw in secret, and then, on their clandestine wedding night, discovered that he has killed her mother's favorite nephew.
July 28, 1988 |
"Moonlighting's" Allyce Beasley is taking to the L.A. stage in an innovative new production of "Romeo and Juliet. " Beasley, who started rehearsals this week, reports she was able to take on the L.A. Ensemble Theater project because the protracted writers' strike has delayed production of "Moonlighting. " "It'll take four to six weeks to gear up the series even after the strike's over, so I'm pretty sure I'll at least be able to open the play on Sept. 1," she says. "Then I'm hoping to do the play on weekends around my 'Moonlighting' schedule - if my energy holds out. " NBC News has announced it will launch its 30-second newscasts on the hour, to be called "NBC News at This Hour" on Monday, Aug. 1. The newsbreaks run from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. on weekdays.
August 3, 2008 |
"I don't like conceptual shows," playwright Joe Calarco says of his high-concept, all-male adaptation Shakespeare's R&J. Mauckingbird Theatre's production of Calarco's script is the Philadelphia premiere of a play that had long, successful runs in New York and London (not to mention Japan and Australia). Currently in previews, it opens Wednesday at the Adrienne. Mauckingbird, which is dedicated to re-viewing classic drama through a gay lens, debuted in January with an all-male production of The Misanthrope, a surprisingly persuasive, as well as entertaining, take on the classic Moliere comedy.
March 18, 2008 |
When Romeo (we're talking the real Romeo - balcony, Verona, love-lamed and all) says his spirit "lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts," does he really need to leap as he says the words lifts me? And what about Juliet's dad? Sure, he's exasperated because his daughter refuses to accept the marriage he's arranged to the noble but passionless Paris - wouldn't you be, if you'd gone to all that trouble? She'd better be in church for the nuptials, he commands, as Juliet sobs at his feet, or "I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.