Mauckingbird's R&J in the Inquirer
Mauckingbird Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s R&J By Joe Calarco Directed by Peter Reynolds August 1 – 23, 2008 Adrienne Theatre, Mainstage 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103An all-male cast spins the classic story of history’s most famous “star-cross’d lovers” in a modern tale of teenage awakening. Four schoolboys at a repressive preparatory school discover Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and find themselves suddenly immersed in the tragic story of forbidden love. As the boys assume the roles of all the play’s characters, the classic tale begins to blur with the students’ own lives and Shakespeare’s verse is heard anew. Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s production of Joe Calarco’s critically acclaimed adaptation explores youthful desires, vulnerability and burgeoning sexuality in this intimate performance. The talented young cast is led by Evan Jonigkeit as Romeo (Célimène in Mauckingbird’s sold-out hit The Misanthrope).
“A vibrant, hot-blooded new adaptation… pulsates with an adolescent abandon and electricity of which Romeo himself might approve.” - The New York Times
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