Sunday, July 31, 2022

On my way home : With a stop in Warsaw and with Private Romeo

In my days reviewing I have seen more than my fair share of Romeo and Juliet. In ancient plays where men play all parts. In the embodiment with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. In sparse staging and overwhelming authenticity. In Shakespeare in Love where Joseph Finnes and Gwyneth Paltrow play the lovers. But...

Today as I have a layover in Warsaw, I watched Private Romeo. I have it on a .mov file and watched it on my laptop. If you haven't seen it (and really, no one has), let me know and I can send you a copy via memory stick.

This version is set in a military school over a break. Matt Doyle, recent Tony Award winner, plays Juliet. Seth Numrich, an amazing actor from Broadway and recently from the TV Series Far From Heaven, plays Romeo. They read the play for class, but also embody the play for the screen. It is perfect.

You san see the trailer if you search for it. But simply watch this scene where Romeo and Juliet meet. In the play they slip out of a party to speak, you'll see what happens at this boarding school. AS they say in stupid shows... Magic.


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