Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?

AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 9/29/13 at 11:05pm
I'm curious about their production and how it stacks up to its Broadway counterpart. The cast is pretty solid, but I'm not familiar with the director at all. Any reports?
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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 9/29/13 at 11:50pm
Has it even started yet?
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 9/30/13 at 06:09am
It began over the weekend, yes.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 9/30/13 at 10:29am
Where's Whizzer been with all these first previews going by?
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 9/30/13 at 11:32am
Yes, Whizzer, now is not the time to slack off!
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/1/13 at 09:17am
Ha, well I'm not trying to slack! I did have tickets to the original first preview on Friday night. That preview was canceled and now I have to find a new spot to fit this into my schedule.
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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/1/13 at 11:47am
Boo. It was on TDF. I almost got a ticket, but the idea of sitting through more Shakespeare is less exciting at the moment.
rocknroll123
Chorus Member
joined:5/5/11
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/3/13 at 09:59pm
bump
April Saul
Broadway Legend
joined:2/17/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/4/13 at 12:13am
I was more excited for this back when Finn Wittrock and William Hurt were supposed to be in it, but I bet it's way better than the Broadway one! Hasn't anybody checked it out yet?
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/7/13 at 05:30pm
anyone?
bundy5000
Broadway Legend
joined:5/11/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/7/13 at 06:35pm
yea... So I have never seen a Shakespeare Play live before. I knew what R and J is about but that was my extent on the material before I saw the show. I must say it seemed very gripping. The acting was good. David Garrison i felt commanded the stage the most. Ms. Vega was an interesting Nurse because they used some spanish in the play. The masquerade or dance scene was hilarious. Everything was modernized except the actual dialogue which stayed to to the Cameth and Where Art Thouth mouth gouth and so fouth. Elizabeth Olsen didn't amaze me, T R Night was okay. I have nothing to compare it to sooo.. But for anyone who cared about stage dooring, everyone was nice. There was some papparazi waiting for Olsen and when she emerged she seemed quite uncomfortable with a lot of the attention. Somebody was walking by and told her "you must be a celebrity or something" and she just said "no I was just in the play"
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Sutton Ross
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joined:7/20/13
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/7/13 at 07:43pm
I really enjoyed the performance. The acting was great, and I loved the intimacy of the theater. I have never been to the CSC so it was a nice surprise.

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AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/7/13 at 07:48pm
What is the physical production like?
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/8/13 at 09:27am
Has anyone had any luck with the rush an hour before curtain? I was just wondering.
americanboy99
Broadway Legend
joined:7/27/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/8/13 at 10:15am
I saw it Friday evening and thought it was quite excellent. Both leads are a breath of the freshest, freshest air, and, though the party scene (particularly Romeo's "costume") do come off as a bit hokey, I was into it. Daphne Rubin-Vega is doing very exciting work as the Nurse- a completely new take ala Sofia Vergara. The costumes are very modern and SO chic (I would happily take the entire male wardrobe and put it in my closet). The later scenes in act 2 in the Capulet house are WILDLY intense-- I've never felt more rage toward Juliet's mother and father. So well staged and well performed.

Really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
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WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 10:19am
I finally saw this last night and found much to recommend; if you are debating between this production and the Broadway effort, there isn't even a question that this is the one to see.

The strength of the CSC version is in the acting. After loving Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene, I was glad to see her shine just as brightly on stage. She's vibrant, funny and moving in the later scenes. She's a natural beauty and ideally cast here.

I love seeing Daniel Davis in any play, and his Friar Lawrence is wonderful. I can totally see these teenagers running to him for comfort and guidance.

Daphne Rubin-Vega is doing Sofia Vergara, but I liked it and laughed a lot. The Spanish enhanced the character rather than distracted. She played nicely with Olsen.

McKinley Belcher III was an AWESOME Benvolio. I've never seen him act before, but I'm definitely a fan. Tons of presence, a natural reading of the text and remarkable ability to turn a minor character into a well-rounded being.

I'm ambivalent about Julian Cihi's Romeo. He has an interesting hipster look that worked for this production. Sometimes his hand movements were distracting.

The physical production sadly was terrible. There was nothing there. Just a wooden floor and some chairs. CSC usually produces better than this. It's a testament to the acting that I enjoyed it so much with nothing to look at all evening.
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stevenycguy
Leading Actor
joined:12/7/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 10:22am
What time does a 7pm performance get out? I do not see this listed on their web site.
WhizzerMarvin TrinaJasonMendel
Broadway Legend
joined:5/26/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 10:55am
I think we were out around 9:45 last night. The 2hrs and 45 min flew by though.
Marie: Don't be in such a hurry about that pretty little chippy in Frisco. Tony: Eh, she's a no chip!
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 11:24am
Thanks for the comments! I'm seeing it Saturday night.
Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 11:31am
So am I Mac.......matinee.....and you?
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 12:01pm
No, Pammy, I'll be at the evening show.
RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 02:24pm
After reading all the comments here, I guess this one should've been on Broadway instead.
RW3
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joined:7/20/13
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 02:25pm
After reading all the comments here, I guess this one should've been on Broadway instead.
americanboy99
Broadway Legend
joined:7/27/06
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 07:27pm
Much of the production's charm is in its intimacy- so I wouldn't necessarily say this one/that one belongs on Broadway more.
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#1Elphie
Broadway Legend
joined:6/24/04
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/10/13 at 11:24pm
I saw this tonight and much preferred it to the Broadway production, which I saw last month. I actually didn't mind CSC's sparse set after being annoyed with unnecessary set pieces in the current Broadway version. All the actors were superb, especially Elizabeth Olsen. Romeo and Juliet seemed so youthful and impassioned. I agree that this works best in an intimate space like CSC.
stevenycguy
Leading Actor
joined:12/7/05
Anyone seen CSC's Romeo and Juliet?
Posted: 10/12/13 at 10:47pm
Wow, this is by far my favorite production of Romeo & Juliet. The acting (especially Daphne-Ruben Vega and Elizabeth Olsen) was simply outstanding. The actors made the Shakespeare language very easy to follow, with pauses, body language, and emphasis on certain key words. Other non-important sentences were spoken very quickly so that the key sentences could be taken more slowly and enjoyed, which I really appreciated. The costumes and dance music at the rave/party were a nice modern touch. I was told that the actors do not "stage door" though; I guess they did for the first few previews (based on prior comments on Broadwayworld), but now no longer do? The production is now running at 2 hours 26 minutes. It certainly belongs on Broadway. Very highly recommended.



Updated On: 10/12/13 at 10:47 PM

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