I just found this lovely blog entry from a patron who came to the second reading of These Violent Delights at Theatre West. Thank you Meredith Molinari for your kind words!
"The story continues as we meet Friar Laurence and Juliet’s Nurse, following them as they attempt to evade the ever growing zombie hoard. Along the way we meet other well-known Shakespearean characters. Shylock (Merchant of Venice) and Beatrice (Much ado about Nothing.) This unlikely foursome gets in and out of all sorts of trouble, expounding witty banter along the way.
The writing is terrific.
Taking classical meter and interspersing it with modern ideas and humor both subtle and suggestive. Very much in the vein of many of Shakespeare’s comedies. The fabulous writing is brought to life by thoughtful directing and an incredible cast. Seriously everyone, including Romeo who mainly grunts and stumbles around the stage for the first act is wonderful. The actors who played Beatrice and Friar Laurence were my personal faves.There were plenty of nods to other Shakespearean plays that felt like inside jokes the actors shared with the audience. (I never realized just how many Shakespeare plays had a character named Balthasar.) All set to the backdrop of your standard zombie film. Figuring out how to kill the zombies and rid Verona of this plague."
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