Pianist Roman Rabinovich is currently on a cross-country tour with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. It is the orchestra's first appearance in the United States and is being led by its Principal Guest Conductor, Boguslaw Dawidow.
It seemed we would be getting two Romeo & Juliet productions this season. But in fact we get to see about 10 or 12 versions, since every actor on stage at the Classic Stage Company seems to be in a different show.
In anticipation of this month's theatrical release of Romeo and Juliet, I have rounded up the Hollywood hotties who are always welcome at our metaphorical balcony (and those which, arguably, ought to be banished).
What you should know first and foremost about The Peony Pavilion, a 16th-century Chinese musical drama about love, death, and resurrection -- and arguably the most famous of all Kunqu Operas -- is that its poetry can kill. It has killed before.
I've seen over half a dozen Macbeths over the course of my career. We're going to have Romeo and Juliet running off-Broadway the same time it is running on Broadway. I'm often asked: Why? Yes, they are Shakespeare classics. But do people really want to see them again and again?
"My only love springs from my only hate," bemoans Juliet. She's a Capulet and her beloved Romeo, a Montague, hail from rival families that despise each other. While the hatred is primal, this rendition of Romeo and Juliet adds another ripple: Juliet is black.
Nobody would likely mistake Orlando Bloom, of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for John Neville. But when our motorcycle-Romeo removes his helmet, Bloom it is with curls falling into his eyes when he gets excited and a grandly authentic British accent.