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Romeo & Juliet



At the beginning of Jake W. Hastey’s most recent work, our narrator conveys that what follows will be the in-depth look at two lovers from fair Vernona that public education deprived us of. From there, the troupe does everything in their power to make this decidedly untrue. In a collaboration between Edmonton Dance and Toy Guns Theatre, Romeo and Juliet provides audiences with a rambling account of what is arguably the Bard’s most recognized tale, through spoken word poetry, acrobatic stunts, and (most importantly) dance. Ranging from classical ballet, to swing, to a more interpretive hip hop, the show is interspersed with strange forays into the work on which it is based—as if to remind the audience that this show has a theme. And despite this amalgam of artistic mediums, it falls considerably short of what's been promised. With its share of surreal visuals (our Romeo spends the balance of the play shirtless, strumming a guitar, and in rollerskates), the whole thing reads like a grand visual essay, desperately seeking a thesis. Reviewed by Buchanan Hunter.


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Directed by: Jake W Hastey
Starring: Samantha Mann, Megan Verbeek, Michael Long, Gabby Noga, Anna Pratch, Justin Kautz, Alyssa Bartlet
Dates / Times:
  • 12:15 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 4:30 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 11:15 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 2:45 pm - 2017/08/23
  • 9:15 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 11:59 pm - 2017/08/26

Posted 2017/08/20 by



2 Reviews

    Luke bouemont

    AMAZING!!! The danceing and the many tricks are flooring. Jake hastey does it again!

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