Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s “Romeo and Juliet” 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 Shakespeare’s canon, Romeo & Juliet is the tale of the Bard’s star-crossed lovers, brought to life in a modern world of passion and conflict. In defiance of their families and amidst the animosity of friends, a young couple will risk everything to be together.
Panelists praised Sara Clark’s portrayal of Juliet as full of “passion and conviction,” initially playing the giddy teenager perfectly and later engulfing the audience in her emotional unrest, “capturing the honesty of the part”. Of Brian Isaac Phillips’ directing, they noted, “the world of this production was well thought out and skillful…with a nice balance of concept and storytelling,” taking many risks that worked out well. Andrew Hungerford’s more contemporary scenic design was “enchanting” with a creative use of the balcony. Overall, panelists found the production “very accessible to both new audiences and Shakespeare lovers”; “one of my favorites of Shakespeare…and justice was done in this great work.”
Romeo and Juliet continues through November 11th. Tickets can be purchased at www.cincyshakes.com.