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Interview with the director Lu Po-Shen (2005)



Comments (8):

  1. Karlie says:

    Funky and interesting interpretation of a classic.

  2. Caitlyn Smith says:

    A very interesting and modern rendition of Romeo and Juliet…almost like West Side Story. I would particularly like to know what meaning the of the balloons are since Juliet (I am assuming) is always holding them.

    Tags: Balloons, Modern

  3. Svetlana says:

    it’s very different. Had comic moments (audience laughing) and ending done a little differently than usual. Interesting nonetheless
    Tags: color red, balloons, hat, broom, dress, ‘tablecloth’,

  4. William Garcia says:

    I like how the characters are one stage for the prologue, allowing the chorus to point out the characters and situations to the audience as they happen.

    Am I mistaken that this is an all-male cast? It does not affect the tone at all, but just impressive acting by the Juliet.

  5. Nichole says:

    I like the use of color – Juliet’s white (wedding-like) dress and Romeo’s darker attire. The red balloons also beg attention. Very interesting interpretation.

  6. Erica says:

    Even just in the opening scene, the set is a striking element. The split, raised platform in the back is a unique treatment of the set as well as serving almost as a symbol for the two fighting families.

  7. Mehreen Arif says:

    A very modern and urbanized adaptation.
    The set is bold and striking, the use of props like graffiti, balloons, dresses is very different than the norm.

  8. KB says:

    The set’s graffiti-like look sets this production firmly in an inner city. It has a gritty feeling, and darkens the play considerably. It really emphasizes the urban violence that surrounds the young couple.

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    Romeo and Juliet Unplugged

    Lu, Po Shen | Productions

    Source: Courtesy of Tainaner Ensemble

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    Duration: 01:39:09

    Nurse's message

    Note: The Nurse returns after meeting with Romeo. She has a message for Juliet, but delays in telling it which frustrates Juliet.

    Prince's end speech

    Note: Romeo and Juliet Act V, Scene 3

    A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
    The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head:
    Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
    Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
    For never was a story of more woe
    Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.