A Youthful ‘Romeo and Juliet’
First Stage’s Young Company gets a taste of tragedy
First Stage knew exactly what it was capable of doing for this production and it executed it with a smart sense of economy. The cast consisted almost entirely of high school students in a college-level actor-training program. Those students were accompanied by a couple of seasoned and talented professionals. Marcella Kearns and Matthew Wickey were precisely placed in the roles of nurse and friar, respectively.
It’s fascinating to watch tragedy like this glide across the stage. By this point in a young actor’s education, he/she has navigated through first principles and come to understand the augmented reality of theater on a level sophisticated enough to truly begin to give him/herself to the role. It’s interesting to see this play out in Romeo and Juliet as the drama weighs so heavily on the passions of youth.
Romeo and Juliet enjoyed a brief run, May 16-17.