Romeo and Juliet | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Price: $44-$75
There's a sense of the remedial about this Chicago Shakespeare Theater version of the Bard's classic love tragedy. Everything's been made bigger and more explicit than normal understanding requires. Does Australian director Gale Edwards think we won't follow if, for instance, Jeff Lillico's Romeo doesn't hold his vial of poison up just so every time he refers to it? Does she suppose our attention will wander unless we're treated to ribald visual puns on a regular basis? Does she assume we won't catch the mood if we're not coached with canned music between each scene? Does she figure we won't appreciate Juliet's state of mind if Joy Farmer-Clary doesn't talk fast and loud whenever her character's agitated? Meaning perhaps to create an accessible R & J, Edwards has produced something merely obvious instead. And her one real idea--that Juliet and Romeo are basically just normal kids--is undercut by Lillico and Farmer-Clary's colorless performances. The star-crossed lovers may be young, but they're not average. --Tony Adler

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