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Fortunately for us, what remains is all solid, beautiful work that is revived often enough for everyone to admire. Over the weekend, I went over to the Adrienne Arsht Center to see Romeo et Juliette and was surprised by everything that was incorporated into the production. The scenery was beautiful and well complemented by various light effects such that have been used for Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The casting was perfect and the original play was adapted to give the audience a unique performance based more on the actual relationship between Romeo and Juliette while cutting out a lot of the extra dialogue for the drama that surrounded them. This isn't to say that their family feud wasn't the root of their problems, but the focus was not on that as much as the relationship on a deeper level.
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