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Romeo & Juliet (Santa Rosa)

I hate Shakespeare.

There, I said it. Having it crammed down my throat for the last 40 years as the be-all and end-all of theatre has taken its toll on me. Note that I didn’t say he wasn’t any good. It’s more that I am tired of seeing unimaginative, unoriginal and uninspiring versions of the plays. And, quite frankly, the originals aren’t ALL masterpieces. So it was with some trepidation that I ventured down to the Glaser Center last night to catch a preview of the umpteenth version of a Shakespeare “classic” with a glimmer of hope that I might see something – anything – to reignite in me the slightest spark of interest in the Bard.

Actors Basement’s “Romeo & Juliet” managed to accomplish that. With a game cast of Sonoma County regulars (young and old) giving it their all, AB’s R&J tweaks the original just enough to have kept my interest throughout. Ably assisted by a colorful costume design, a very interesting use of the space available which gave the play added depth, a set design that no doubt puts it at the top of the list for next year’s “Best Scenic Design” SOTA (Clint Eastwood would love the set,) and a pace that kept it moving through a tight 2 hours (including two intermissions – one that happens a lot earlier than you expect,) this production has earned from me the highest praise possible – I didn’t hate it.

Go see for yourself. Fri/Sat at 8pm this weekend and next…

Romeo & Juliet

Apr 12th – Apr 20th

Actors Basement @
The Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401