Romeo and Juliet Theater Play Review

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Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life; whose misadventure piteous overthrows. Do with their death bury their parents' strife. The fearful passage of their death-marked love, And the continuance of their parents' rage, Which, but their children's end, nought could remove, Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage; The which if you with patient ears attend, What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend. Sound familiar? Well if not; do you live under a rock? Romeo and Juliet! Yes people, this is a review of Queensland Theatre Companies Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is a play that has transcended history and still rivets audiences of today. But here’s a piece of trivia for you, did you know that the original story of Romeo and Juliet was not written by William Shakespeare! Shock Horror Gasp, I know! But the plot of this tragic love tale is actually based on an Italian tale which was written in 1562, by Arthur Brooke and can be roughly translated into a verse called “The Tragic History of Romeus and Juliet”. Then in 1582 this story of star crossed lovers was redone into prose called “Palace of Pleasure” by William, not Shakespeare, Painter. Now I’m not destroying hundreds of years of literary history by saying that Shakespeare was a fraud, he did indeed write the play Romeo and Juliet, but Shakespeare’s version did borrow heavily from both Brooke and Painter. The director of Queensland Theatre Companies Romeo and Juliet Jennifer flowers is the next person to take on the classic play. Now; let’s critique, staging and symbolism here we come! First of all she made good use of stage and lighting, a good choice was that of the sun/moon in the background, with star cut outs that looked like they could have been cut out by Juliet herself in...
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