Summer Sizzlers

A resplendent Romeo and Juliet opens the Shakespeare Project

Clueless and weightless might also describe the otherwise strikingly handsome Arnaldo Carmouze as Tybalt. The smaller roles vary in quality, and the acting styles never quite mesh into one unified texture. But for the most part they do justice to the play. Christian Mansfield as Benvolio seems to have stepped in from an Avenue Q rehearsal, but he manages to wring real pathos in the last scene. Annemaria Rajala, too stiff at first, and the honey-voiced Stephen S. Neal have their moments as Lady and Lord Capulet. The fights, choreographed by associate director Ricky J. Martinez, are brilliantly staged: There is real danger here. Come to think of it, there is real life in the Shakespeare Project 2005.

The Merchant of Venice, one of three summer Shakespeare plays at 
New Theatre
The Merchant of Venice, one of three summer Shakespeare plays at New Theatre

Details

Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Rafael de Acha, assisted by Ricky J. Martinez. With Euriamis Losada, Cecilia Torres, Nicholas Richberg, Kimberly Daniel, Christian Mansfield, Steve Gladstone, Gene Bunge, Korken Iskenderian, Annemaria Rajala, Stephen S. Neal, and Arnaldo Carmouze. Through July 3; 305-443-5909.
New Theatre, 4120 Laguna Street, Coral Gables

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