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Stelle Di Domani Series: Shakespeare's R & J 

When: Fri., May 27, 8:30 p.m., Sat., May 28, 6 p.m., Sun., May 29, 3 p.m., Thu., June 2, 6 p.m., Fri., June 3, 8:30 p.m., Sat., June 4, 3 p.m., Sun., June 5, 5 p.m., Wed., June 8, 8 p.m., Thu., June 9, 8 p.m., Fri., June 10, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 11 2011
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $16/adults, $13/students and seniors
www.piccolospoleto.com
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Ladies night.Boys were playing the female roles in Romeo and Juliet for ages before the fairer sex was allowed on the stage. This time, four Catholic school girls find surprising depths as they read the text of this tragic love story. The familiar tale offers a surprisingly relevant venue to explore sexual identity and acceptance.

Ms. Romeo, if you're nasty.R&J traditionally runs with an all-boy cast, but director Katie Huard took the gender bending in the opposite direction. "It's nice to have women playing parts they've never been able to play," she says.

A bright light through yonder window. After sighing through all those trailers for Gnomeo (because we know you didn't pay good money to see that), you'll be happy to know this is one retelling worthy of the original. The New York Times praised R&J for "finding new routes through an oft-told story" and called it "marvelously watchable."

— Greg Hambrick
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