Romeo and Juliet Essay (2) - 1 Romeo and Juliet Comparison The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company did an excellent job of performing Romeo and Juliet in a

Romeo and Juliet Essay (2) - 1 Romeo and Juliet Comparison...

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1 Romeo and Juliet Comparison The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company did an excellent job of performing Romeo and Juliet in a way that is relatable to a modern audience. The director took the comedic lines that were already in the play and expanded upon them to create a very humorous atmosphere. Several of the original scenes were removed or shortened, which effected the overall message that was presented to the viewers. The skill of the actors and actresses helped tremendously to bring to life the characters in a way that gave the audience a deeper understanding of the play. Through their use of humor, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company managed to create a rendition of the play that captivated a modern audience, despite multiple scene omissions that damaged the effectiveness of the overall performance. The live performance of Romeo and Juliet left out several scenes. One of the omitted scenes was the one in which Peter talks with the musicians. In the original play, after Peter heard about Juliet’s supposed death, he approached a group of musicians and asked them to play a happy song to cheer him up. They refused to do so because they felt that it was an inappropriate time. Peter got upset and insulted them and they insulted him back. This particular scene has often been left out of live performances. It was most likely left out because it is an awkward scene that does not have much meaning. It is not important to the storyline at all, so for the sake of time, it was dropped. The lack of this scene did not take any quality away from the performance. Another scene that was left out was the scene in which Romeo murdered Paris. This scene was an important part of the play, and without it, the performance lost a very dramatic moment. In the original play, Romeo confronted Paris in front of the Capulet
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2 tombs. Paris refused to let Romeo see Juliet in the tombs so they fought and Romeo stabbed Paris. This terrible act reflected badly on Romeo’s character and since the murder occurred so late in the play, Romeo did not have much time to win back the audience’s favor. However, in the live performance, Romeo simply entered the Capulet
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