Dont groan: When Paul Cross and his student/teacher improv team from the Yes! Lab put their twist to the traditional tragedy this weekend, it just might work. Their Redneck Romeo and Juliet, touted as a modern-language adaptation of the iconic Shakespeare play, is an improvised take on an age-old story. But thats not to say Cross wont follow the original script. Im keeping the poignant scenes, giving them all their weight, he says. Even though its a modern-language adaptation, were keeping the anchor lines. And the actors still say those lines in a way that your redneck character wouldnt normally talk. So for the balcony scene, Romeo says all the right things while hes climbing up the ladder to Juliets personal RV. Will the audience titter? No doubt. Ive always thought of Romeo and Juliet as tragicomedy, Cross quips.
See Redneck Romeo and Juliet at 7 or 9 p.m. tonight or 2 p.m. tomorrow (because its improv, no two performances will be the same) at Denvers Dangerous Theatre, 2620 West Second Avenue; admission is $10 at the door. For more info, go to http://theyeslab.com/the-yes-lab-presents.
Fri., Jan. 21, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 22, 2 p.m., 2011