Romeo & Juliet Reviews
Washington Post- Recommended
"...The clock ticks toward tragedy once the couple weds, propelled by a score from Konstantine Lortkipanidze. His music mixes Radiohead-esque rock with Arvo Pärt-inspired classical minimalism. There’s no Prince to announce “all are punished” when Romeo and Juliet are found dead in the Capulet crypt. Instead, a percussive heartbeat goes silent like a vital signs machine fading out. Fans have to hope that Synetic Theater, unlike the doomed lovers, will rise again someday soon."
DC Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
"...What is Shakespeare without the Bard’s words? Director Paata Tsikurishvili’s Romeo & Juliet at Synetic Theater dares to imagine a Shakespearean tragedy without witty wisecracks or romantic lamentation. The dance-based performance tells the familiar tale with no dialogue, expressing the action and drama of the story through mesmerizing movement, deliberate lighting and sound design, and powerful performances from a cast that knows how to convey emotion without a single word."
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended
"...The message on which the director focuses is clear and sadly timely—the Capulets and Montagues hate each other for no clear reason other than they have always done so. As Paata states in the program note: “…generational hate and misunderstanding, all of it self-perpetuating and ultimately self-defeating —this is the real tragedy of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’”"