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REVIEW — ‘As big as the iconic story’: Ambitious ‘R&J’ full of passion but nearly buckles under its own weight

REVIEW — ‘As big as the iconic story’: Ambitious ‘R&J’ full of passion but nearly buckles under its own weight

What’s in a name?

In the case of The Romeo & Juliet Project, the telling word is “project.” Experimentally drawing on the talents of Chautauqua’s six different arts programs, director Vivienne Benesch has mounted an ambitious — to say the least — retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy through poetry, music, dance, and opera. It’s the first such inter-arts collaboration at the Institution, and the product of countless hours of planning, scheduling, and brainstorming. The end result is indeed a production as big as the Bard’s iconic story, but at times that massive size threatens to overwhelm the show.