Watching Romeo + Juliet reminded me of having sex when I was 19. Like that sex, director Cole Lewis’s production is, above all, enthusiastic. It’s also a mess sometimes—and sometimes spectacular.
This wildness is appropriate in a way: Romeo and Juliet are out of their minds. When Romeo first lays eyes on Juliet at a party, he is mooning over another girl. But, based largely on the way Juliet looks, he falls for her like he’s diving off the cliffs in Acapulco. She’s thirteen; he, presumably, is a little older. Fueled by parental resistance, their infatuation quickly leads to marriage and a double suicide. [Read more…]