August 20th, 2007

Galen 2013

Romeo and Juliet

Ashland, OR
at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Romeo and Juliet at Oregon ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Director and future Artistic Director Bill Rauch found ways to make this classic fresh and standout from the pack of "another Romeo and Juliet".  Rauch's creativity augers well for his upcoming run as the festival's Visionary In Chief.

This is a fast-paced R&J, and it is viewed with a generation gap at the center of the drama.  The parents' generation is decked out in old fogy Elizabethan grab while the young adults and town folk are with-it, modern, dressed as prep school students and in current-day suits.

The parents are stuck in older ways.  Their determination to perpetuate the long-running family feud is more important to them than their children. The story plays out.Collapse )

Yet, this production doesn't have Romeo and Juliet at its center.  The families and the estrangements are the focus, and the children are the tragic at-hand examples of the rift.

 Very interesting. Very well done. 

Ozdachs Rating: 4 Syntaxes out of 5