The breathtaking production is the concept of Milton Katselas and he succeeds in opening up Shakespeare’s play to an electric, pulsating, breathing story of young love with all its frustrations, passions and intense sexual desires… Seldom has Shakespeare been given such a totally alive production. Its sensuality is vibrant, its fight scenes evoke anger and daring while its characters are not mere stolid relics of blank verse, but people who live, breathe, and feel.
Thomas Harrison is simply great as Romeo. His physical agility is startling; he conveys the utter ecstasy of first love… Linda Purl, who alternates with Laurie Walters, is a fragile, child-like, dreamy Juliet who fully reveals her wonder and love.
This is an alive Shakespeare with the kind of force, impact, and clarity too often missing in productions of the play. It is a Romeo and Juliet to cherish and certainly one that must be seen.