Bonnie Goldberg

Brawls and bawdy language and tenderness and tears mark the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven’s current production of the classic Shakespeare tale “never was a story of more woe than Juliet and her Romeo.”  You are invited to visit these star-crossed lovers who meet, marry and die in way less than a fortnight, plagued by two families who consider feuding their special right.

The Capulets and the Montagues will be entertaining, but definitely not each other, at Yale Rep’s University Theatre, 222 York Street New Haven until Saturday, April 2.  Directed by Shana Cooper, this version of “Romeo and Juliet” is set in modern dress and Shakespearian purists need not apply.

Irene Sofia Lucio is chaste and charming, soft and luminous, as the young teenage girl eager to embrace love and choose her own mate, not willing to concede to the pressures of her parents (Andy Murray and Christina Rouner) to marry Paris (Ben Horner).  When Juliet meets the dashing Romeo (Joseph Parks) at a masquerade ball, her fate is sealed and the tragedy quickly unfolds.

The ancient grudge between the two families leads to the deaths of two young men, Tybalt (Marcus Henderson) and Mercutio (John Patrick Doherty).  For the role Romeo plays in the battle, he is banished from Verona.  Despite the helpful and often comic aid of Juliet’s nurse, a cunning Cynthia Mace, and the well-meaning advice of Friar Laurence (Henry Stram), the young lovers are doomed by their parents’ animosity to a tragic end.  Their first bloom of love is destined to be short lived.

For tickets ($10-85), call the Yale Rep at 203-432-1234 or online at www.yalerep.org.  Performances are Tuesday – Saturday at 8 p.m., with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m.

The joy of wedding planning quickly turns to preparations for funerals as the two feuding families learn too late what their enmity has cost.

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