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Endicott College's 'Romeo & Juliet' Shines an Unforgettable Shakespeare Performance

This captivating rendition drew audiences in with remarkable authenticity of Shakespeare’s themes.

By Marielle SabbagPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 3 min read
Eamon Arthur (Romeo) and Gabby Wheeler (Juliet) performing the famous balcony scene in Endicott College's production of 'Romeo & Juliet'

For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

Endicott College's recent rendition of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, graced the stage. Based on William Shakespeare’s famous play, the story is set around two families at war. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Their love causes more harm than good.

I read Romeo & Juliet way back in middle school. I never found much interest in the play, but Endicott College’s engaging portrayal has changed my opinion. This captivating rendition drew audiences into the lover’s tumultuous relationship with remarkable authenticity of Shakespeare’s themes.

The cast’s performances go beyond phenomenal! The Shakespearean language is a tough endeavor, but the cast’s mastery of the language showcased their commitment and dedication. They breathed new life into the iconic dialogue.

Eamon Arthur and Gabby Wheeler infused each scene with the undeniable intensity of Romeo and Juliet. The signature balcony scene between the young lovers was the best. They kept running back for more kisses. Both actors infused comedy and heartwrenching monologues of their character’s prohibited love.

In theater, there’s no such thing as a small part. The supporting cast delivered equally compelling portrayals that enhanced the production's emotional depth. The characters in Romeo & Juliet are riveting, each carrying different layers.

Mary Couvée’s portrayal of Friar Lawrence exuded wisdom and mentorship. Maddie Lucente's portrayal of the Nurse showcased a perfect balance of humor and heartfelt devotion to Juliet. The Nurse was always one of my favorite characters in the play.

However, it was Mia Sbalbi‘a portrayal of Mercutio that truly stole the spotlight, earning thunderous applause each time she was onstage. Sbalbi impeccable comedic timing breathed vibrant energy into the production that complemented the play's darker undertones.

The lighting design and costumes were amazing as was the set with a curtain backdrop painted blue on one side and red on the other. It symbolized the arguing families. As for the balcony scene, the funniest moment of all is when Romeo carries a ladder onto the stage.

Shakespeare is a unique experience, both reading and performing. Reasons like Endicott’s performance are why we perform Shakepeare’s famous works. Visual representations help the play’s themes stand out and be something more. The tone of Romeo & Juliet completely shifts from a comical tone in Act 1 to a dramatic and serious mood in the second act.

As director Katie Clarke-Robertson noted, 'We have seen this story millions of times, but Shakespeare's works have a way of reaching others through universal experiences.' I am astonished by Clarke-Robertson’s direction. Her commitment to helping the cast understand the Shakespearean language deserves the highest praise.

No stage direction was ever included in Shakespeare’s works - just dialogue. Fight scenes, dances, and additional action all together made for an exciting show. Clarke-Robertson also included modern songs like ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ as it reflected the story.

Romeo & Juliet is not just a love story. Beyond the tragic love story, Endicott College’s production delves into complex themes like societal expectations, family feuds, and impulsive actions.

In its entirety, Endicott College's Mainstage Production of Romeo & Juliet served as a poignant reminder of the power of Shakespeare's enduring legacy. The show left a resonating impression on audiences and gave me a new understanding of Romeo & Juliet.

Endicott College’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet is the best Shakespeare production I have ever seen performed! If I had the chance I would see the show as many times as possible. Well done to the cast and crew of Romeo & Juliet for an incredible performance.

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About the Creator

Marielle Sabbag

Writing has been my passion since I was 11 years old. I love creating stories from fiction, poetry, fanfiction. I enjoy writing movie reviews. I would love to become a creative writing teacher and leave the world inspiring minds.

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  • Mary Couvee4 months ago

    Love this review! Absolutely made my day :). I was wondering if you’d be willing to fix the spelling on my last name and my cast mates! My last name is spelled Couvée and Mia’s is Sbalbi. Thanks so much for writing this!!

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