Most modern adaptations of Romeo and Juliet must contend with the implausibility of teenagers speaking in flowery odes and willfully kissing after the 20th century’s cootie pandemic. Get close to modern expressions of affection with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $18, you get one main-floor ticket to Ballet Maribor’s Radio & Juliet at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, October 27, at 8 p.m. (a $42 value). Doors open two hours before the show.
In Radio & Juliet, artistic media and historical conventions cross-pollinate on stage as the themes of Shakespeare and the music of Radiohead coalesce into a stark framework for Ballet Maribor’s minimalist forms. Dancers exploit the sense of alienation that permeates singer Thom Yorke’s voice to full effect, spinning in counter-clockwise pirouettes to symbolize their defiance of the passage of time. In swapping the Bard’s dramatic romance for Blue Tooth shades of melancholy, the production taps into an expression of longing attraction that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called “white hot in a way that Shakespeare could never have imagined.” Main-floor seats in the lavish, gold-swathed Palace Theatre, which was designed in the 1930s to mimic the Palace of Versailles, open up unobstructed views of the action.
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