Photo by Denise Devin.
What?!? Shakespeare at Zombie Joe's? That's right!
Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group presents their fast-paced, high-impact production of Shakespeare's passionate tragedy, about two star-cross'd lovers whose untimely deaths unite their feuding families. Directed by Denise Devin.
FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS @ 8:30p
AUGUST 19 - OCTOBER 8, 2011
ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Reservations: (818) 202- 4120
There is nothing "underground" about this production. Zombie Joe's production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a classic theatrical take on this heart-wrenching story. Presented in a mode reminiscent of the small troops of actors that traveled from town to town to perform for the regular folks in the town square, this production has no sets, or fancy lighting. What it does offer is eleven seasoned and very accomplished actors, in beautifully designed costumes, in a minimalist black limbo setting, performing Shakespeare's work with all the intensity and passion you would expect. The show is fast-paced, the eloquent language flowing with poetic meter and quick tempo. Romeo and Juliet's passion is palpable, the love scenes erotic, and the stresses it causes in the two feuding families is vividly presented as the tragedy unfolds. The swordplay was very believable, blood and all, as director Denise Devin saw to it that all the action was as refined as the poetic delivery of the classic language.
Shakespeare is the "holy grail" of acting. The classical music of the theatre. Only the best and most experienced actors can pull this off. They do so here with excellence. This intimate production is perfect for the theatre-goer who wants to "get" Shakespeare.
There is not one moment of boredom or ho-hum here. The fast-paced, tight production does justice to Shakespeare, and proves that Zombie Joe's Group, as wild and crazy as it likes to be, can be serious and masterful as well.
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