|for never was a story of more woe than this of|
Juliet (Eva Gemlo) and her Romeo (Bradley Johnson)
(photo courtesy of Zephyr)
They perform an a gentle hillside next to the vineyards (with characters sometimes retreating to the vines in the background), with audience seated in a few rows on one side (VIPs get chairs and a dessert, free tickets are bring-your-own-seating). A couple of prettily decorated gazebos frame the performance space, and the plentiful fight scenes are thrilling. Characters are dressed in what appears to be early 19th century attire, which looks nice but seems a bit heavy for the season and setting (I pity the actors performing in multiple heavy layers in 90 degree heat). The actors are miked, which perhaps is necessary for the wide open space, but sitting near the speaker it was way too loud. It's a bit too ASMR with every little sound each actor makes picked up and amplified. But on the other hand every line is clearly heard! (Costume design by A. Emily Heaney, combat choreography by Jessica Thienes, set design by Franz Hall, sound design by Nathaniel Glewwe.)
Romeo and Juliet continues through this Sunday only. And stay tuned to Zephyr Theatre for an upcoming announcement of this summer's "Broadway at the Bridge" - a musical performed by the river in front of the historic Stillwater bridge in mid-July.