They Kiss by the Book

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Only timeless stories, such as William Shakespeare's tragic Romeo and Juliet, remain strong when told and reinterpreted over and over again, with each version reinforcing the ultimate message, not diluting it. Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, with the help of Radiohead and others, presented a modern star-crossed tale to the world in the '90s, and others have offered film and stage versions of the Shakespeare classic as well. The Black Rep continues this tradition by presenting the play enhanced with late '60s music, reflecting the social climate in this country at that time and driving home the points that young passion is powerful, no matter the period, and that love, not hate, should rule. The Black Rep stages Romeo and Juliet at the Grandel Theatre (3610 Grandel Square) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, and the production continues through Sunday, February 14. Tickets cost $17 to $43 at 314-534-3810 or
Wed., Jan. 13; Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Feb. 14, 2010

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