Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Companyâ€™s Â â€œRomeo and Julietâ€ with LCT nominations for lead actress (Sara Clark), direction (Brian Isaac Phillips), and set design (Andrew Hungerford), as well as distinguishing it as a recommended production.
One of the most beloved romantic tragedies in Shakespeareâ€™s canon, Romeo & Juliet is the tale of the Bardâ€™s star-crossed lovers, brought to life in a modern world of passion and conflict.Â In defiance of their families andÂ amidst the animosity of friends, a young couple will risk everything to be together.
Panelists praised Sara Clarkâ€™s portrayal of Juliet as full of â€œpassion and conviction,â€ initially playing the giddy teenager perfectly and later engulfing the audience in her emotional unrest, â€œcapturing the honesty of the partâ€. Of Brian Isaac Phillipsâ€™ directing, they noted, â€œthe world of this production was well thought out and skillfulâ€¦with a nice balance of concept and storytelling,â€ taking many risks that worked out well. Â Andrew Hungerfordâ€™s more contemporary scenic design was â€œenchantingâ€ with a creative use of the balcony. Overall, panelists found the production â€œvery accessible to both new audiences and Shakespeare loversâ€; â€œone of my favorites of Shakespeareâ€¦and justice was done in this great work.â€
Romeo and Juliet continues through November 11th. Tickets can be purchased at www.cincyshakes.com.