Romeo and Juliet & Other Duets

Romeo and Juliet & Other Duets

The Marsh    3/6/2008 - 3/29/2008 (schedule)

Category:  Drama

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Veteran and beloved performers, Deborah Gwinn and Jim
Cave perform in Romeo & Juliet and Other Duets, a stroll
along the “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” as re-envisioned
through the works of William Shakespeare, Miguel de
Cervantes and Eugene Ionesco. With these series of
duets, Deb and Jim continue their collaboration into
tragedy and romance, which started at The Marsh with
their performance of Don Quixote in 1997.
Mar 06, 2008 through Mar 29, 2008
Curtain time(s): Thurs-Sat 8PM.

Ticket price: $15.00 - $35.00

Total performances: 12

Deborah Gwinn.... Romeo
Jim Cave.... Juliet
*=featured role

Stephanie Weisman ....  Artistic Director and Founde


Romeo and Juliet & Other Duets
Longtime theatrical partners Deborah Gwinn and Jim Cave put their own quirky, captivating spin on Ionesco's The Chairs and Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers. With little more than a rack of clothes, a collection of chairs, and some stirring music by the likes of George Gershwin, Enrico Toselli, and Nino Rota, the two actors use these tales as a springboard to explore the relationships of couples old and young, caught in the moment and yet still looking to get through their day-to-day lives. There are times in this 90-minute excursion when the approach is more mildly amusing than deeply felt. Without any sense of the devastating loss that underpins Ionesco's original story, the make-believe between Gwinn and Cave's middle-aged couple seems like idle chatter rather than a conscious attempt to avoid dealing with their deep despair. And the section when Romeo and Juliet leave each other and then kill themselves feels oddly perfunctory. But the scenes where Romeo and Juliet first get
by Molly Rhodes
Media 3/19/08

Notes: Romeo and Juliet & Other Duets” is a re-visioning of works by William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Eugene Ionesco. Deb and Jim perform to music, using silent acting and movement to explore the relationship between men and women. A bit like silent movies, these are lush performances, incorporating colorful costumes and all kinds of surprising props. As each piece develops, Deb always finds room for a little ballet with Jim. The two of them share a theatrical repertoire of gesture, grace and heartbreak: a kind of a stroll down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Over the years, Deb has played all the lovers in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Kate the Shrew, Cleopatra, Miranda (as a handkerchief), Ariel (as a flyswatter) as well as Juliet. And Jim has been seen as Romeo, Petruchio (vacuuming the audience to the tune of Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man), Polonius and Puck.

Deb & Jim have their own lives and do lots of other things, together and apart. But whether it’s a story about old love or new love, unrequited love or platonic love, lost love or puppy love, Deb and Jim will show you how its done. Whatever they have to say, whether as Romeo and Juliet or Don Q and Sancho P, they think it is best said (silently) in a duet.
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