Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet


Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Lauren Ambrose and Oscar Isaac in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

So our journey begins at 5:00 AM.

That’s when I set my alarm clock to wake me up. Unfortunately I had a wine hangover so I was nauseous and had a headache.

I got to the park at 6:00 AM (when the park officially opens) thinking there wouldn’t be that many people in the park. I was dead wrong. There were people with sleeping bag and one dude with a tent. I would say there were about 35-50 people in front of me. It was the last week it was showing so the desperation to get tickets had people at the park from 4-5 AM. SO I got my place in line and waited until 1:00 PM. I re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which took up most of the time.

I got my tickets and went there around 7:15 because doors were supposed to open at 7:30.

Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties and we did not get into The Delacorte Theater until 9:30 PM

The show was great. The stage was on water and had a rotating platform so they went from scene to scene at a rapid pace. It’s hard to explain you just had to see it.

Lauren Ambrose (who looks way too much like a 14 year old) was great. She played Juliet like a neurotic teenager. I prefer to see Juliet played as a impetuous teenager than as a wise beyond her years girl. Oscar Isaac (Romeo) was also really good as his delivery of Romeo’s many crazy lines was hilarious. Carolyn Manheim (Nurse) and Christopher Evan Welch (Mercutio) were also great. Every time I see an interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, I always feel bad for the persons playing Benvolio and Paris because they are such shit role.

There were two noticeable screw-ups. Ambrose bumped her head on the metal platform during her balcony meeting with Romeo in Act I and Issac choked on an apple while trying to chew and talk. Also, Ambrose practically hit herself in the face with the bottle with the Friar’s potion but she might have just been going for effect.

It was a great show and I’m glad I finally got to see Shakespeare in the Park. Maybe I’ll get to see Midsummer Night’s Dream in August.

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One thought on “Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet

  1. glad someone got to see it. i was supposed to go on two separate occasions, but… well… i hate everyone. let’s just leave it at that.

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