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Theatre Review: 'Capulets' Presents A Fascinating Alternate Take on 'Romeo & Juliet'

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Bruce Green, Benny Wills and Brett Colbeth in "The Capulets & the Montagues" -- Photo by John Apicella.
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Most theatergoers are familiar with Romeo & Juliet, and by now the classic tragedy has been performed and adapted to death. Well, at least the Shakespeare version has. Spanish playwright Lope de Vega, a contemporary of the Bard, wrote his own version from the same source material--and it's very different. It's funny, for example. It has a happy ending, for another.

Translator Dakin Matthews has done theatre a great service by bringing this obscure but worthy play back to life, and the current production of The Capulets & the Montagues by the Andak Stage Company at the NewPlace Studio Theatre is a rare and fascinating treat.