Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakespeare Theater showcases the best of the Bard’s tragedy, comedy, and comitrageda, and the company received a 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award for its consistently inventive Elizabethan reinventions. This performance of Romeo and Juliet is the company’s first in five years. Australian director Gale Edwards, who makes her CST debut after working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, leads a talented cast in one of theater’s most celebrated doomed loved stories. The rival families will feud, Juliet will coo from atop a balcony, and the pair will conspire to simultaneously end their careers as guidance counselors. Known for its trademark blend of tear-inducing tragedy, raunchiness, and masterfully crafted puns, Romeo and Juliet gets a respectfully traditional yet newly impassioned treatment at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.