William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1209 WordsMar 12, 20175 Pages
Romeo and Juliet is a classic playwright written by William Shakespeare. Everyone gets the chance to study his work at some point in their career, whether in grade school or in college. On February 24th, I attended the production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Theatre UCF on the UCF main campus. The play ran longer than I initially thought it was going to be. It started at 7:30 P.M. and ended three hours later around 10:30 P.M. Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story of two people who should not fall in love, but end up do. Unfortunately, some lives are lost along the way. Shakespeare utilized tone to convey Romeo and Juliet as a tragic love story. The play itself is very contrasting, on one level the Capulets and…show more content…
As a director, Belinda C. Boyd, took a 1930s approach to the classic Romeo and Juliet. I found that it was very easy to pin point as the actors’ costumes were inspired by the 1930s. There was an announcement at the beginning of the play that mentioned the eighteenth amendment which prohibited the sale of alcohol, this lead to the assumption that the play was set in a speakeasy. In the 1930s, there were no laws that prohibited smoking indoors, therefore many of the actors had costume cigarettes that emitted water vapor to look like smoke. Ultimately, every element was cohesive and matched the theme that Boyd was going for, everything from the set design, to costumes, and makeup. Boyd also staged the play really well. When the Capulets’ had a party in the speakeasy, there were many actors on stage to make it look like an extravagant party that you, as an audience member, wanted to be of attendance. However during fighting scenes, I found it a little distracting with so many actors on stage. Very often I did not know where I should look as there was a lot going on at once. In addition, the actors seemed very comfortable on staged and moved around the set with ease and no mistakes. Overall, Boyd staged her actors in places where it made sense and flowed throughout the entire performance. Furthermore, if the actors do not fit their roles then the whole play can suffer. The Nurse and Benvolio were two actors that stood out to not only
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