Classical Theater of Harlem's Romeo & Juliet in Marcus Garvey Park

July 23, 2014 7:27 PM

17 0

The logical comparison to this Shakespeare-in-the-Park is not the Public's more established revival of the bard's genius at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. The Classical Theater of Harlem's stunning Romeo & Juliet most resembles in theme the play Holler If Ya Hear Me, inspired by the demise of Tupac Shakur. Each has a clear message about the horrors of gang violence, and with the work of very talented artists, illustrates the havoc done by such violence, on human values, identity, and life's pleasures, like love.

On a recent evening, the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater was hot. In Shakespeare's time, the tropes of love were well defined: Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight, and are sickened by its obsessive hold. Their love is doomed by rivalry and warfare. No spoiler here: they die in a heap atop one ...

Read more

To category page