Romeo and Juliet at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., August – November, 2016
This was a long summer into autumn with many talented people and a company that has been in the Shakespeare business for a long time. An extended run, I mean it is Romeo and Juliet after all. I think you might draw a few more if you did West Side Story, but not many…
Lord Capulet is another one of those supporting roles that needs to be fleshed out. Because you can’t add text, and, in many cases, as in this one, text is removed to shorten the play, there is some work to be done to make him anything like a human being. The things that motivate his behavior have to be firmly rooted internally for them to appear to an audience without the text that might otherwise accompany them. There is also a process of nurturing each of the characters on stage to the point where they are able to assist in the telling of one another’s stories.
This Capulet was interesting, struggling clearly with his urges towards love and hate, and navigating the space between, if not wholly there.