By Elaine Liner
By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Terry McCracken provides crackerjack comic relief as sister-in-law Letty. Here is a veteran actress who measures timing in milliseconds, never one word too slow or too quick. She was hilarious in Theatre Britain's No Sex, Please--We're British, and even in a Thomas Hardy vehicle, hardly written as a laugh riot, she's just as funny.
Nice touches from scenic designer Darryl Clement, who sets the Harnhams' formal drawing room atop a circular stage. Hanging from gilded ropes around the back are oil paintings of horses, the sort of hunt-club artwork that immediately says British and upper class. In the context of Fair, it also suggests a carousel, as does the original incidental music by Christopher George. A nice ride indeed.
Now a student at the Juilliard School of Drama, Smith is back home in Allen for the summer. Leaner and taller than he was as a Quad C undergrad--a result, he reports, of Juilliard's strenuous physical training in the spine-stretching Alexander Technique--Smith is taking on the role of Romeo despite his Juilliard professors' warnings not to do any acting "outside the program." Don't worry, Brian, we won't tell.
Romeo and Juliet: A Hip-Hop Tragedy is adapted and directed by Matt Tomlanovich. For ticket info, call 972-881-5100.