I just came back from a three-day stay in a beach house in Capitola, CA. We went to Santa Cruz on the second day, and saw the Shakespeare Co. perform Romeo and Juliet . It was amazing!! Juliet really was a fourteen-year-old girl discovering love for the first time, and Romeo was ruggedly handsome (he was cast as a gypsy). Benvolio was funny, the nurse was hilarious, and when Mercutio died I almost had to look away.
The best part about these plays is that they’re peformed at the university in Santa Cruz in an openair theater. We had groundseats, so we sat on the ground on a blanket, and first ate a picnic dinner before seeing all the action from our front row perspective. It doesn’t get better than that!