How Art Thou?

Classical Theatre of Harlem adds some shuffle to Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet, one of the most well-known stories about forbidden love, has been adapted for the stage and film countless times. Each time you have seen it, you might have wondered, Does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? From today through October 13, you’ll be able to inhale and enjoy the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s interpretation of the story, a rendition that will surely make you a fan of its culturally resplendent aroma.

Since 1999, the group has been garnering acclaim for its interpretations of African-American classics such as August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Richard Wright’s Native Son. With its version of Romeo and Juliet, CTH has added a little hip-hop to the romantic tragedy, and some racial tension to the illicit love. But Shakespearean purists shouldn’t fret; the troupe of long-term theater professionals has maintained the poetic vibe that makes the story so remarkable. See for yourself tonight at 8:00 in the Studio Theater at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $25. Visit www.carnivalcenter.org for tickets and additional performance times.
Oct. 10-13, 2007

 
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