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The heart of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The ‘L’ word examined at The SCV Space

Posted: April 8, 2011 6:00 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Cody Roberts plays Romeo and April Lowe plays Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at the SCV Space.

Using a slimmed down script that cuts to the heart of the action, "Romeo and Juliet," opening at The SCV Space tonight, is traditional Shakespeare in the best sense of the word. Director Craig Jessen said, "That's why he has endured. Romeo and Juliet is this roller coaster ride going from romance to revenge, from comedy to tragedy."

But no discussion about the play would be complete without the "L" word. "The play gives us love in its three most potent forms - passion, recklessness and fidelity," Jessen noted. "The third is a key component that often gets overlooked. But it is the lovers' faithfulness that makes this story so beautiful - and what drives it to its heartbreaking conclusion."

Cody Roberts's Romeo is a swarthy heartthrob, and April Lowe's Juliet is a graceful beauty. Put them together, and the thermostat starts to climb. "You have to see it to believe it," Jessen said. "They're electric."

"Romeo and Juliet" plays at The SCV Space, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road (at Haskell Canyon), from April 8 to April 24, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 students/seniors, and can be purchased online or at the door. Go to for more information.


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