History Theatre / RomeoAndJuliet

20th Jun '17 4:10:57 AM Piterpicher
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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTGWNHa1wIQ Romeo and Juliet]]'', a 2013 film by Carlo Carlei, and the first traditional retelling to hit screens in quite a while, starring HaileeSteinfeld and Douglas Booth in the lead roles. The dialogue was heavily rewritten, although the new dialogue was still in the Shakespearean style. The rewrites were...not well received.

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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTGWNHa1wIQ Romeo and Juliet]]'', a 2013 film by Carlo Carlei, and the first traditional retelling to hit screens in quite a while, starring HaileeSteinfeld Creator/HaileeSteinfeld and Douglas Booth in the lead roles. The dialogue was heavily rewritten, although the new dialogue was still in the Shakespearean style. The rewrites were...not well received.
12th Jun '17 11:28:22 PM bjex
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Has been adapted for silver screen numerous times, perhaps most famously by the Italian director Creator/FrancoZeffirelli in 1968. That production is widely regarded as an exceptional movie, though it gained a measure of infamy at the time for featuring teen-aged Romeo and Juliet - Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting - partially naked during a scene. Perhaps more well known today is Baz Luhrmann's zany 1996 adaptation which moved the story to a modern setting, and starred Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio at the height of his teenage heartthrob-dom.

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Has been adapted for silver screen numerous times, perhaps most famously by the Italian director Creator/FrancoZeffirelli in 1968. That production is widely regarded as an exceptional movie, though it gained a measure of infamy at the time for featuring teen-aged Romeo and Juliet - Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting - partially naked during a scene. [[note]]Famously, Olivia Hussey was prohibited from attending the London premiere of the film. The reason: She was not yet 18, and there was nudity in the film - of her.[[/note]] Perhaps more well known today is Baz Luhrmann's zany 1996 adaptation which moved the story to a modern setting, and starred Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio at the height of his teenage heartthrob-dom.
12th Jun '17 11:20:07 PM bjex
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Has been adapted for silver screen numerous times, most famously by the Italian director Creator/FrancoZeffirelli in 1968. That production is widely regarded as an exceptional movie, though it gained a measure of infamy for featuring teenagers Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting partially naked. Perhaps more well known today is Baz Luhrmann's zany 1996 adaptation which moved the story to a modern setting, and starred Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio at the height of his teenage heartthrob-dom.

One of the most notable meta-textual features of the play is the way ''most'' of it fits comfortably in an author's arsenal of SmallReferencePools. That is, the vast majority of the English-speaking world knows that Romeo and Juliet are icons of passionate, youthful love... but not everyone is aware that their story ends tragically, nor that their much-celebrated love was actually their downfall.

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Has been adapted for silver screen numerous times, perhaps most famously by the Italian director Creator/FrancoZeffirelli in 1968. That production is widely regarded as an exceptional movie, though it gained a measure of infamy at the time for featuring teenagers teen-aged Romeo and Juliet - Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting - partially naked.naked during a scene. Perhaps more well known today is Baz Luhrmann's zany 1996 adaptation which moved the story to a modern setting, and starred Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio at the height of his teenage heartthrob-dom.

One of the most notable meta-textual features of the play is the way ''most'' of it fits comfortably in an author's arsenal of SmallReferencePools. That is, the vast majority of the English-speaking world knows that Romeo and Juliet are icons of passionate, youthful love... but not everyone is might be aware that their story ends tragically, nor that their much-celebrated love was actually their downfall.
12th Jun '17 11:16:25 PM bjex
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And yes, it all happens about that fast -- one of the major themes is that rushing into things is never a good idea, particularly when love and/or family are involved. The other is that this is a not just a tragedy, but a comedy of errors in that sometimes, [[MurphysLaw everything that can go wrong does go wrong]].

Your opinion of the play is likely to be shaped by the quality of the actors you saw performing it. While that's true of most plays, it's especially true of this one. When done poorly, it's hours of {{Wangst}}. When done well, there's a verve and passion to the play that can be lacking in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] more critically beloved works. When done with [[PlayingHamlet middle-aged or older]] actors in the title roles, it just doesn't make sense.

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And yes, it all happens about that fast -- one all of this happens in the span of less than a week. One of the major themes is that rushing into things is never a good idea, particularly when love and/or family are involved. The other is that this is a not just a tragedy, but a comedy of errors in that sometimes, [[MurphysLaw everything that can go wrong does go wrong]].

Your opinion of the play is likely to be shaped by the quality of the actors you saw performing it. While that's true of most plays, it's especially true of this one. When done Done poorly, it's hours of {{Wangst}}. When done Done well, there's a verve and passion to the play that can be lacking in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] more critically beloved works. When done with [[PlayingHamlet middle-aged or older]] actors in the title roles, it just doesn't make sense.
12th Jun '17 11:07:44 PM bjex
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BoyMeetsGirl. It's LoveAtFirstSight. But Boy and Girl are members of FeudingFamilies. [[FourthDateMarriage Boy secretly marries Girl]]. Boy's friend is murdered by Girl's cousin, so Boy [[TheDogShotFirst kills Girl's cousin]], then skips town. Girl agrees to [[FakingTheDead dangerous plot]] to avoid an ArrangedMarriage set up by her parents. Plot [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]]. Boy, hearing of Girl's "death," returns to town and [[DrivenToSuicide kills self for real]] at her grave. Girl, [[MissedHimByThatMuch waking and discovering this]], kills self in turn. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Grief-stricken]] families reconcile. TheEnd!

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BoyMeetsGirl. It's LoveAtFirstSight. But Boy and Girl are members of FeudingFamilies. [[FourthDateMarriage Boy secretly marries Girl]]. Boy's friend is murdered by Girl's cousin, so Boy [[TheDogShotFirst kills Girl's cousin]], cousin in a fit of rage]], then skips town. Girl agrees to [[FakingTheDead dangerous plot]] to avoid an ArrangedMarriage set up by her parents. Plot [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]]. Boy, [[PoorCommunicationKills hearing of Girl's "death," "death,"]] returns to town and [[DrivenToSuicide kills self for real]] at her grave. Girl, [[MissedHimByThatMuch waking and discovering this]], kills self in turn. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Grief-stricken]] families reconcile. TheEnd!
22nd May '17 3:34:35 PM Anorgil
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* NotSoDifferent: Despite the grudge between the Capulet and Montague families, they have more in common than not, as pointed out in the very first line: "Two households, both alike in dignity..."
20th May '17 6:10:29 AM TheGreatConversation
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* ExactTimeToFailure: Juliet wakes up from her potion ''right'' on schedule. If she'd woken up five minutes later, then the Capulets and Montagues would have discovered her alive. If she'd woken up five minutes ''earlier,'' Romeo would have met her.


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* GoneHorriblyRight: Juliet wakes up from her potion ''right'' on schedule. If she'd woken up five minutes later, then the Capulets and Montagues would have discovered her alive. If she'd woken up five minutes ''earlier,'' Romeo would have met her.
19th May '17 10:06:17 AM TheGreatConversation
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* DramaQueen: Romeo literally throws himself on the ground sobbing at one point.
18th May '17 11:18:40 PM TheGreatConversation
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Prince Escalus can be played as such. He wants to stop the two families from fighting in the streets of his city, and it's explicitly stated he's showing Romeo mercy by banishing him instead of having him executed for Tybalt's death, but it can be argued that his [[ThreateningMediator intervention]] only [[{{Pun}} escal-ates]] the conflict.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ReasonableAuthorityFigure
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Prince Escalus can be played as such. He wants to stop the two families from fighting in the streets of his city, and it's explicitly stated he's showing Romeo mercy by banishing him instead of having him executed for Tybalt's death, but death. However, it can be argued that his [[ThreateningMediator intervention]] only has in fact [[{{Pun}} escal-ates]] escal-ated]] the conflict.conflict.
** Lord Montague, as opposed to Lord Capulet, [[NiceGuy is never shown to be bad in any way]], and seems genuinely concerned for Romeo in the first scene.
18th May '17 11:14:43 PM TheGreatConversation
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Romeo is known as a "noble and well-governed youth," according to Lord Capulet. But kill someone close to him (Mercutio, then Juliet), and he will ''[[UnstoppableRage snap]]''.



* ConflictingLoyalty: Once Romeo marries Juliet, he is tied to both houses. This makes for an awkward decision when Juliet's cousin Tybalt challenges him to a duel.

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* ConflictingLoyalty: ConflictingLoyalty
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Once Romeo marries Juliet, he is tied to both houses. This makes for an awkward decision when Juliet's cousin Tybalt challenges him to a duel.duel.
** The Nurse fails Juliet in the end because of her conflicting loyalties to Juliet and to Juliet's parents.



* FatalFlaw: Arguments can be made for a wide variety for each protagonist.



* ForgottenFallenFriend: Romeo is heartbroken about Mercutio's death . . . just long enough for him to kill Tybalt in a revenge rage. After Tybalt dies, Mercutio is forgotten, Romeo expresses far more grief over Tybalt's death than Mercutio's.

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* ForgottenFallenFriend: Romeo is heartbroken about Mercutio's death . . . just for as long enough for as it takes him to kill Tybalt in a revenge revenge-fueled rage. After Tybalt dies, Mercutio is forgotten, Romeo expresses far more grief over Tybalt's death than Mercutio's.



* {{Pun}}: A good handful of the characters, though Mercutio seems to live off of them. He even belts them out as he lies dying...

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* {{Pun}}: A good handful of the characters, this being Shakespeare, though Mercutio in particular seems to live off of them. He even belts them out as he lies dying...dying.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** The Prince wants to stop the two families from fighting in the streets of his city, and it's explicitly stated he's showing Romeo mercy by banishing him instead of having him executed for Tybalt's death.
** Downplayed with Lord Capulet. On his own turf, he's a gracious and generous host, and when Tybalt informs him that Romeo has snuck into their ball, his response is to shrug and say that he's heard the boy has a good reputation, and tells Tybalt to leave Romeo alone and not do anything since, after all, Romeo hadn't done anything wrong to him.
* TheReliableOne: Benvolio (notice a pattern to his tropes yet?), the Nurse.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** The
ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Prince Escalus can be played as such. He wants to stop the two families from fighting in the streets of his city, and it's explicitly stated he's showing Romeo mercy by banishing him instead of having him executed for Tybalt's death.
** Downplayed with Lord Capulet. On his own turf, he's a gracious and generous host, and when Tybalt informs him
death, but it can be argued that Romeo has snuck into their ball, his response is to shrug and say that he's heard [[ThreateningMediator intervention]] only [[{{Pun}} escal-ates]] the boy has a good reputation, and tells Tybalt to leave Romeo alone and not do anything since, after all, Romeo hadn't done anything wrong to him.
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* TheReliableOne: TheReliableOne
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Benvolio (notice a pattern to his tropes yet?), the Nurse.yet?)
** The Nurse to Juliet--[[EtTuBrute until]] [[ConflictingLoyalty she isn't]].
** Friar Lawrence to Romeo--[[AdviceBackfire until he isn't]].



* SacrificialLion: Mercutio, for Romeo, and Tybalt, for the Capulets.

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* SacrificialLion: Mercutio, for Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt, for Tybalt die in Act III, after which the Capulets.play begins to take shape as a tragedy.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Tybalt has about 3 scenes in the play, but without him it would be a ''vastly'' different story.



* ThreateningMediator: In Act 1 Scene 1, The Prince of Verona enters in the middle of a brawl that includes servants from Capulet and Montague, the hot-blooded Capulet heir Tybalt and his cronies against the Montague youths, and the heads of the houses. The Prince commands them to stand down, "on pain of death." At the end of the scene, he makes it clear to the heads of the houses that if another brawl erupts, punishing their servants won't be enough: the Lords themselves will be executed.

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* ThreateningMediator: In Act 1 I Scene 1, The Prince of Verona enters in the middle of a brawl that includes servants from Capulet and Montague, the hot-blooded Capulet heir Tybalt and his cronies against the Montague youths, and the heads of the houses. The Prince commands them to stand down, "on pain of death." At the end of the scene, he makes it clear to the heads of the houses that if another brawl erupts, punishing their servants won't be enough: the Lords themselves will be executed.



* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Impulsiveness is the downfall of many characters, up to and including the lovers themselves.

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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: Impulsiveness The entire romance is a string of action on impulse, and the downfall of many characters, up the plot really starts to go south when Romeo kills Tybalt without thinking first.
* TragicHero: It has been argued that both Romeo
and including the lovers themselves.Juliet are this, that neither quite makes it, that they make one up together, that only Romeo is, and that only Juliet is.



* TranslationConvention

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* TranslationConventionTranslationConvention: The play is set in Italy.



* UnstoppableRage: Mercutio's death imbues Romeo with so much vengeful fury that he manages to defeat master swordsman Tybalt. Later, after Juliet's supposed death, Romeo kills Paris, the ''prince's cousin'', when he tries to deny Romeo entry to the tomb.



** Friar John is another UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, although, ironically, this stems from his ''failure'' to deliver a letter. He doesn't know what it contains.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Tybalt sees Romeo as this; when Tybalt tells Lord Capulet that Romeo has come uninvited to the Capulet masquerade ball, Lord Capulet lets it slide because Romeo has a decent reputation (not to mention Lord Capulet didn't want any trouble).

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** Friar John is another UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom, unwitting instigator, although, ironically, this stems from his ''failure'' to deliver a letter. He doesn't know what it contains.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Tybalt sees Romeo as this; when Tybalt tells Lord Capulet that Romeo has come uninvited to the Capulet masquerade ball, Lord Capulet lets it slide because Romeo has a decent reputation (not to mention Lord Capulet didn't want any trouble). Conversely, the entire Capulet household is fiercely devoted to Tybalt, the play's apparent antagonist.



* WhatTheHellHero: Friar Lawrence's speech to Romeo in Act III is him calling Romeo out for crying like a baby, not realizing how lucky he is that he's not dead as a result of his idiocy, and for generally not manning up.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Friar Lawrence's speech to Romeo in Act III is him calling in which he calls Romeo out for crying like a baby, not realizing how lucky he is that he's not dead as a result of his idiocy, and for generally not manning up.
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