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Review: CTC's minimalist Romeo and Juliet

Ah, young love. So sweet, so unguarded, so unwise. Parents can caution the younger of their teenagers all they want, but William Shakespeare has undermined their efforts by promoting the blissful aspect in Romeo and Juliet . Yes, it's a tragedy and the
An amusing tragedy
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2011

Review: Letters To Juliet

After tugging at our heartstrings in Dear John , Amanda Seyfried once again takes on the role of a do-gooder infatuated with letter writing.
'Tis torture, and not mercy
By SHAULA CLARK  |  May 14, 2010

Brilliant and infuriating

Shakespeare didn’t slow dance when he wrote Romeo and Juliet — he went for the essence of impetuous young love like a brisk waltz.
The Gamm’s conflicted Romeo and Juliet
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2009

Still feeling pretty

It's hard to not be charmed by a production of West Side Story that doesn't get in the way of its heartfelt, bittersweet romance. The current production by Center Stage, in West Kingston through July 26, not only lets the youthful idealism pour throu
Timeless romance in West Side Story  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 17, 2009

Review: Away We Go

Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida had a baby last December, their second, and congratulations for that. But not for this self-righteous, pseudo-hip, cutesy-wootsy, cringe-inducing screed.
Sam Mendes furthers his descent
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 12, 2009

Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008


At long last love?

Boston Ballet has been playing the Romeo and Juliet dating game for almost 25 years now.
Boston Ballet hitches up with John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 20, 2008

Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2007

Teen spirit

The Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Emlyn Williams’s The Corn Is Green marks the first time this play has been trotted out in years.
The Corn Is Green at Williamstown; Romeo and Juliet at the Publick
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007

Best buildings

Most travel guides are little more than lists of colorless places in which to waste your money and sanitized tourist traps in which to waste your time.
Traveling with architecture
By DAVID EISEN  |  April 10, 2007
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Lost + in love

Romeo and Juliet , staged by the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, NH, disdains gimmicks and revels in Shakespeare’s language and the vicissitudes of the human voice.
Romeo and Juliet fall, but where?
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 21, 2006


Stacked deck

Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon is Romeo and Juliet ’s ugly stepsister.
The Royal Ballet’s Manon
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 21, 2006

Love and death

Forget star-cross’d. At the American Repertory Theatre, Romeo and Juliet are just plain cross.
Romeo and Juliet at the ART , Othello at Boston Theatre Works
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 22, 2006

Instant Romeo

You’ve heard of star-crossed lovers, but how about star-crossed productions?
Mickey Solis’s big Shakespeare adventure
By IRIS FANGER  |  January 25, 2006