Romeo and Juliet

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David New as Romeo, Maureen Pedala as Juliet.

 

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Tom Carson as Capulet, T. Ryder Smith as Paris.

 

Publicity

 

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David New, Maureen Pedala.

 

Excerpts from the reviews

“A strong, sound, intelligent production . . .  “ – Barbara Ann Luckacs, Shakespeare Bulletin

“Director Paul Barry hammers out a rough, rugged, defiantly handmade version from the materials at hand . . but, gradually, the tale of young love and old hates rekindles it’s timeless fire. . . . David New’s Romeo is glamorously sulky and brooding at the start, but convincingly deepens as he’s transfigured by love . . . Maureen Pedala has staked her whole performance on evoking the unguarded urgency of youth. It works . . . Slowly, the actress’ intelligence and skill wins us over. Juliet becomes a vivid tender presence. . .  T. Ryder Smith injects a tortured sincerity into the thankless role of Romeo’s rival. His haggard Paris sometimes seems more profoundly lovesick than New’s smooth Romeo . . . “ – Bob Campbell, The Newark Star-Ledger

“The blatant awkwardness of the staging borders on obliviousness . . . Oddly, Juliet’s rejected suitor, Paris, in T. Ryder Smith’s melancholy and amorous portrayal, appears more smitten than Romeo. Likewise, other accomplished performances are presumably a result of individual chance rather than directorial design . . .  and make relatively major impressions in minor roles.“ – Alvin Klein, The New York Times