There are just a few more days to catch the cosmic adaptation of Romeo and Juliet presented at South City Campus’ Black Box Theatre.
The Black Box provides a small, intimate setting. You can see the actors’ facial expressions clearly, and it’s hard not to get caught up and sucked into the passion and love that Romeo and Juliet pass into the audience.
There is also a 10 a.m. matinee scheduled for March 8.
Student admission is $5 and $10 for non-students. For tickets, call 801-957-332
The dark walls of the Black Box Theatre make for a sophisticated space feel, but efforts to maintain the feel of an outer space setting are hit and miss.
While sitting in the rough red fabric covered seats waiting for the play to begin I was surrounded by fog.
At first, it’s a great touch to the opening act, but after some time, my lungs couldn’t take it anymore, and I almost couldn’t breathe.
On the other hand, the impressive costumes developed by Salt Lake Community College fashion department students have an outrageous futuristic look infused with old Shakespearean style
The Capulets, who are from a tropical planet, have costumes that look like sunsets, with colors of gold, pinks and oranges, while the Montagues, who are from a mining planet, have costumes that are dark like deep caves, with deep purple and black colors.
Like the costumes, even though the setting is in the future, this play’s dialogue maintains the old English Shakespeare used in his writing.
Multimedia is prominent, and is mainly used as a tie-in between scenes or to show a different vantage point to the audience. Characters also use this in a scene to further support the premise that the play takes place in the future.
The actors are amazing. There are a few good laughs to be had, and your heart will melt with the characters as their tragedies unfold on the stage.
Romeo and Juliet makes a fantastic date night; It doesn’t empty the wallet, and it’s a great tale of two lovers who give their lives to be together.