Romeo + Juliet | Ingraham Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 7 2014
Muse of Fire's newest production is an apt response to Ira Glass's recent Twitter-diss of Shakespeare as not “relatable.” Director Jemma Alix Levy’s dynamic staging of the tale, played in Evanston's shady Ingraham Park, finds relevance in perhaps his most famous story of love and violence and features cross-gender, cross-racial casting. Heather Chrisler plays Juliet with a bold, athletic exuberance, matched perfectly by Benjamin Ponce's whiny drama-queen Romeo, who suffers with a properly teenage lack of perspective. Yes, love is madness, but so, too, is the weight of longstanding, intergenerational violence in feud-filled Verona (Chicago? Evanston?). As Friar Laurence (Reggie Robinson Jr.) advises the young lovers, “violent delights have violent ends.” "Relatable" or not, this is the story Levy wants to tell. —Suzanne Scanlon



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