TC Williams Romeo and JulietBy Cappies • Dec 3rd, 2007 • Category: Cappies
“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…,” states T.C. William’s Morgan Grady portraying the Prince as the tragic tale of Juliet and her Romeo begins.
The tale of two teenaged star crossed lovers, an ever lasting bitter family feud and a death-marked love, sets the tale of fate that everyone has come to know. Romeo and Juliet has been told many times over the past four centuries. Arguably Shakespeare’s most well-known piece, T.C. Williams did a fine job at tackling such a powerful piece of Shakespeare’s archive. T.C. William’s high school, adding a small twist, set their production in the Jazz Age (1920’s) permitting a more modern telling of the Bard’s most beloved and tragic tales.
Lindsey Adler portraying the loyal Juliet and Anil Kenkeremath portraying the passionate Romeo through physical interaction showed a convincing attraction to each other and an understanding of their roles both separately and as an ensemble.
Meg Glasco portraying the playful but protective Nurse, used excellent physical and literary comedic timing and a clear understanding of Shakespeare’s text to enhance her character and cause it to progress believably throughout the show. Corrine Patterson-Stein playing the reckless Mercutio added excellent physical comedy to her character as well. Some other notable characters were Zachary Frank as the peaceful Benvolio and Alina Collins as the comical Sampson.
Although there was a general lack of comprehension of Shakespeare’s beautiful text, the cast never strayed from character and kept the audiences attention throughout. With some technical execution difficulties and minor line flubs T.C. Williams cast allowed the audience into a world where “never was there a story of more woe than that of Juliet and her Romeo.”
by Steve Einhorn of Robert E. Lee
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