From These Fatal Loins | Barry United Methodist Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Christopher Waldron, Kyle Encinas, and Jillian Rea

Christopher Waldron, Kyle Encinas, and Jillian Rea

Austin D. Oie

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 12 2016
Price: $15
There are two plays within this pitch-black Romeo and Juliet redo by the Ruckus that imagines what might happen if, instead of committing suicide, Shakespeare's most famous couple faked their deaths. One is a sexy bedroom drama in which playwright Dan Caffrey translates the teenagers' operatic flameout to the real-world, slower-burn challenges of staying in love after the early lust fades. The other is a madcap, mostly inexplicable metacomedy in which the two go on a Natural Born Killers-style murder spree in modern-day Las Vegas. Derek Van Barham capitalizes on vulnerable and quirky performances by Christopher Waldron as Romeo and Jillian Rea as Juliet, but the show's two halves feel inefficiently stitched together, and whatever point is being made gets drowned in blood. —Dan Jakes



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