Wednesday, June 20, 2007
First love leaves us all a little roasted. In Dean Paul Gibson's spare production of Romeo and Juliet, however, a story of teenage heartache and angst-propelled tragedy seems to be underdone.The company enters all in black and white. It's a heavy-handed costuming conceit that highlights the rift between Romeo's family and Juliet's. Erotic desire (aside from being black and white itself) is born of what you can't have; the rift between families is hot-faced and obvious. More impressive are the spray-on hipster jeans that all the men are wearing (a nod to the black tights of Shakespeare's stage and word, for better or worse, sans codpiece).