Their Strong Suit were the Suits

Review of Romeo y Julieta presented by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Written by Kameron Thav during an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School


This play is about two families in Verona, Italy. One of them being Romeo's family and the other being Julieta's, who have conflict against each other. Unfortunately, Romeo ends up meeting Julieta and Romeo and Julieta ended up falling in love. However, the families found out about this love and did not like it.

I liked the costumes of the play. I also liked the action in the play because it was entertaining but I didn’t like the language switching in the play, it was too confusing.

I liked when they had a fight scene because it’s an important thing if someone dies. In the play I saw a knife fight where a character got stabbed and was killed.

This is important because it shows the fight between two families and how they would kill another person over conflict and it is also important because it shows who dies. And by this, I can know who is not going to be a part of the story, and more stuff is more entertaining after this death. I also liked the costumes in the play because I get to know what role they are playing and who is who. In the play I saw a girl who dressed up as Romeo and a guy who dressed up as a girl. This is important because it shows which character they are and can know who is who. This is also important because it doesn’t matter if a boy can only be a boy and a girl has to be a girl. I did not like the language switching in the play. In the play I saw that the languages were English and Spanish, whether it was to speak to someone in Spanish or read and then speak English afterwards.

This makes me think that the play was confusing because I couldn’t understand a lot of what was going on so I had to rely on something else to make sure I could understand.

In conclusion, the play was decent. There was some good stuff like the costume and the action. But there was some stuff I didn’t like, like the language switching in it. I saw some people were girls but played as a guy or a guy but was a girl. And how they were switching languages between English and Spanish. But overall, it was decent. I would rate the play a 6/10.

Lead photo credit: Romeo y Julieta by Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by Christian Zumbado.

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This review was written as part of an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School in Ms. Havran’s Language Arts classes, taught by Press Corps teaching artist Marquicia Dominguez and Jordi Montes.

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