by William Shakespeare, Missouri Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Star
Director Leon Rubin’s innovative approach may not go down as kosher in all quarters, but it is difficult to argue with his results – Shakespeare’s great love story blossoms in this remarkably appropriate comic interpretation. It is as romantically giddy as first love, but it is also as rousingly rowdy as an after-prom party.
Where most of us have been taught to find heart-rending pathos and monumental nobility, Mr Rubin discovers a couple of light-heartd kids who fall in love after they have played at falling in love.
… this doesn’t mean this Romeo lacks tragedy. In fact, by making the play’s protagonists not romantic idealists but lovably fallible individuals, this production makes their downfall all the more poignant.