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ROMEO AND JULIET IN HELL

comedy · mdr players · Ages 15+ · world premiere · United States

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KELLY KULA June 23, 2014
Watching this show is proof that there are no small parts in theatre. Even though the title highlights two of Shakepeare's most prominent characters, every cast member contributed a memorable, hilarious element to this show. One actress in particular filled the stage every time she was on it, and made you wish she'd return soon after she exited. Two words: Tamara Rhoads. Tamara never let a moment go empty; even if she wasn't speaking, she was in character the entire time, filling the stage with her presence and filling each moment with a nuanced look or devious smirk. Her smile is so warm and welcoming, she couldn't help but steal the show simply by appearing onstage. Even when she wasn't saying much, she was speaking volumes. Don't g... full review
STEVE NEVIL certified reviewer June 15, 2014
What a great and glorious show--a tight and hysterically funny evening with an amazing cast totally committed to a vaudeville-like journey which asks the question, "What might have happened to Romeo and Juliet after their unfortunate demise?" It's worth the trip to the Flight Theatre at the Complex to find out. From the brilliant and whacked-out mind of Matt Richey (a Shakespeare scholar himself) comes a wonderful absurdist piece of theatre that might have made even Beckett laugh. The ensemble and direction are first-rate--and when all sorts of Shakespearian characters come together to be directed by a sprite-like Faust...well, that's just the beginning. So worth coming out to see this!... full review
DAVID HODGES June 15, 2014
A proper roasting of the Bard of Avon ( along with a few Broadway shows thrown in for good measure) gives this terrific ensemble serious opportunities for "over the top" performances. And they do NOT disappoint. An evening to test your theatre mettle and laugh your ass off will be had by one and all. Matt (the author /director) needs to put this into the public domain so that actors across the globe can join in the fun.... full review
DAMIEN LUVARA June 15, 2014
Wanna be an actor? Skip that expensive college degree and see this show instead. Consider RJIH a Shakespearean master class taught by a hilarious cast of the bard's misfits. The cast is so tight in this mouthful of a show, never missing a beat and delivering excellent performances in this well written, creative piece of comedy.... full review
ROGER KENT CRUZ certified reviewer June 16, 2014
Just saw Romeo & Juliet In Hell. Don't miss it. The actors all totally committed to their choices. Creatively directed by Matt Richey. Like me, you will absolutely not know what is coming from second to second. Go and get "romeoed and julieted". Roger Kent Cruz... full review
DENISE WILLSON certified reviewer June 16, 2014
Pretty good. A howlingly funny reinterpretation of the classics... full review
DAVID WHITAKER June 16, 2014
If you know a little Shakespeare, you'll really like this. If you know a lot of Shakespeare, you'll love this. If you know a lot of Shakespeare and you've had to endure a formal theatre education then you'll be doubled over in hysterical giggles. Very well written, well acted, and a very enjoyable overall experience. ... full review
JUNIPER EKMAN June 16, 2014
The show was nearly ruined for me by all the laughter from the audience, but then, start to finish, I couldn't stop laughing meself at this wonderful skewering of Shakespeare's two young snots in luuuuurve. Brilliantly written - scarcely a minute goes by without a wink at The Theater or a nod at a perfectly timed cultural reference - and wonderfully acted, my only regret was that I had not four pairs of eyes to watch it with. So much to see and so little time! It was only 60 minutes.... full review
JUSTIN OWADES June 16, 2014
I always wondered why I spent so much of my high school and college years studying 400-year-old plays in outdated English instead of learning real life skills such as how to do taxes, write cover letters or balance a checkbook, and now I have my answer: so I could understand the mad genius that is “Romeo and Juliet In Hell.” Writer/director Matt Ritchey skewers the Bard so effectively that this reviewer was able to enjoy the show despite his beautiful wife spending half of it making out with some dude. (Romeo, or something.) In a small space with minimal sets/costumes, the cast of twelve tells a story we all know in a hilarious and touching way unlike anything that came before it. I am proud to have my wife be a part of this insanely talente... full review
BENJAMIN HORWITZ certified reviewer June 17, 2014
I was thoroughly entertained the whole time! Great if you love shakespeare, musical theater, or good silly fun. The shakespeare nods happen almost every other line and sometimes they hit you without you even realizing it. Good unadulterated unapologetic fun. The pacing is tight and the show moves along very quickly. It ended and I was thinking to myself... "I kinda wish it was longer!" Hits the mark in my book.... full review

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