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Romeo and Juliet Review Ryan Lee Attended October 2, 2007 Drama 116 Section 001 711893524 I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment. Ryan C. Lee
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Director Davis McCallum presented a uniquely modernized, yet considerably traditional interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to an audience at the Paul Green Theatre on Octover 2, 2007. The director, the cast, and the crew all conspired to create their own original perspective of the epic tragedy William Shakespeare wrote in the sixteenth century. The atmosphere in the theater was a modern perspective of the Renaissance period setting the play began in centuries ago. The cast and crew were consistent with the idea of maintaining an approach more appealing to a twentieth century audience, but they did not stray too far from the classical approach necessary to properly recreate the legendary tale of the two lovers. McCallum’s production of Romeo and Juliet did a respectable job of using modern elements such as embellished lighting, symbolic stage decor, foreshadowing sound and animated acting to convey the traditional theme of the irrationality of people in love that Shakespeare originally aimed to portray. Those who have seen or read any version of Romeo and Juliet know it to be the story of two lovers who were not meant to be. Their unrealistic desire to be together despite rival families eventually leads to an absurd chain of events and, eventually, the lovers’ demise. Set designer Scott Bradley used a rare set theme of Verona in shambles, as opposed to a traditionally romantic setting in many productions. The unorthodox destruction-ridden scenes provided a physical representation of the underlying theme that Romeo and Juliet’s romantic dreams will collapse at the climax of the play. Bradley
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