UNC-Greensboro offers a fresh take on Shakespearean classic

Reviewed by Rebecca Herter
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO— If you’re looking for a romantic event for post-Valentine’s Day, perhaps “Romeo and Juliet” is the answer. Presented by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and directed by John Gulley, this show is a fresh take on the timeless classic.
   Despite modern changes, minor edits to the original Shakespearean dialogue and Prince Escalus being changed to Princess Escalus, the actors and actresses all spoke in Old English. Romeo and Juliet’s casual costumes were not traditional Victorian attire but jeans instead, and the rest of the cast wore traditional Victorian attire that had been modernized. The only props included swords, flashlights, headpieces and a cigarette
      Mike Shapiro’s portrayal of Mercutio, the witty, high-spirited friend of Romeo, was entertaining. Eliza Gilbert, who played the Nurse, provided comical relief amidst the tragedy taking place with Romeo and Juliet. Patrick Ball (Romeo) and Rebecca J. Woodrum (Juliet) both portrayed their characters very well, although sometimes it was hard to hear Woodrum from the back of the theater.
   The simple, multipurpose set presents the entire play without any scene changes. The music is comprised of synthesizers similar to those used in today’s popular music.
   The play is geared toward high school and college-age young adults, although older adults may also enjoy it. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Taylor Theatre, 406 Tate St., on campus in Greensboro.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for children, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at boxoffice.uncg.edu or by calling (336) 334-4849.

 Rebecca Herter is a home-schooled junior and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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