Monday, March 11, 2019

ROMEO + JULIET - Event Review! ACT A Contemporary Theatre 3/7/19


ACT - A Contemporary Theatre
Seattle, WA

(Joshua M. Castille and Gabriella O'Fallon  Photo:  Rosemary Dai Ross)


The ACT - A Contemporary Theatre kicked off its newest season with a bang last Thursday evening. William Shakespeare’s beloved classic, “Romeo + Juliet”, as directed by John Langs, had the packed house waiting in anticipation.

Joshua M. Castille as Romeo had already created a huge buzz with his performance in “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” late last year. The carry over into this new show was definitely evident.

The story has been integrated to incorporate deaf and hearing components. While the challenges were immense, the outcome was sheer brilliance.

(Joshua M. Castille and Gabriella O'Fallon  Photo:  Chris Bennion)

The cast deftly spoke Romeo’s dialogue as Joshua M. Castille signed his lines. Some of the cast signed in return while others acted, through physical interpretation, the storyline of the tragic couple in love.

Gabriella O’Fallon as Juliet had chemistry with Mr. Castille’s Romeo. As the play built up, so did their chemistry as an on stage couple.

Amy Throne as Nurse and Prince showed such seamless professionalism that her parts seemed to just flow out of her. It was nice seeing Reginald Andre’ Jackson as Lord Capulet. I loved him in “Baskerville” this past fall and his presence and command were present throughout this production as well.

(Joshua M. Castille and Gabriella O'Fallon  Photo:  Chris Bennion)

The cast was expertly put together as there were no weak links throughout the production. The stage with its use of chain link fencing to separate and create the environment worked perfectly.

“Romeo + Juliet” hit all the marks. It has set the bar for the ACT - A Contemporary Theatre this season. It will be great fun watching the company attempt to raise the bar with each subsequent production.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts
EA on YT

Thank you: Amy and Cati for the opportunity. I sincerely appreciate it.

“Romeo + Juliet” plays through March 31st. Buy tickets here:  TICKETS!

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