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VIP Salon Facelift

Temporary transformation of exclusive VIP salon offers hint of permanent redo

By Shelby Hodge

Beyond the glories of Houston Ballet's new production of Romeo and Juliet, top-ranking Houston Ballet patrons have been savoring an added dose of glamour with the temporary makeover of Wortham ...

The Review Is In

Ballet bore: Murder giggles, bad acting and a tedious tone expose Welch's Romeo and Juliet as nothing new

By Theodore Bale

What is there left to say when audience members respond to Tybalt’s murder with . . . giggles? Perhaps it was Christopher Coomer’s banging fist, synchronized with those poundin ...

Get Arsty

A new Romeo and Juliet: World premiere presents plenty of star-crossed challenges for Houston Ballet

By Joseph Campana

What’s in a name? Many ballets go by the name Romeo and Juliet. Some are even called Juliet and Romeo, if you’re Mats Ek, Radio and Juliet if you’re Edward Clug. So when the H ...

On Pointe

Dangerous comedy: Houston Ballet's bold German Shakespeare proves love is no happy picnic

By Joseph Campana

What does it take to make a dream? The “seething brains” of lunatics, lovers, and poets, if you ask Shakespeare. For Houston Ballet, it’s another trio: A Midsummer Night&rsquo ...

Houston Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet

Wortham Theater Center

Set to Prokofiev's breathtaking score, Stanton Welch's classic production weaves the tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. With lavish sets and costumes by acclaimed Italian designer R

Best Left To History

It's time to demand more of the Houston Ballet than Stevenson's tired, limp Romeo and Juliet

By Theodore Bale

Houston Ballet opened the final production of its 2011-12 season Thursday night with what company press releases called a “lavish production” of Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet. ...

Hot Drama

Four things you must know to enjoy Shakespeare in the park: Your guide to the Houston Shakespeare Festival

By Joseph Campana

Shakespeare's everywhere — even in Hermann Park. If ever you've waited with bated breath, called jealousy a green-eyed monster, told a friend to put his best foot forward, or insi ...

Another day in hell...or New Jersey?

Season Opener shocker: Drunken baby shower and new cast members take Real Housewives of New Jersey back to its roots

By Joseph Campana, Theodore Bale

A season in hell, or just another day in New Jersey? At first all seems well on a sunny morning in pristine Franklin Lakes as newcomer Melissa Gorga prepares for her baby boy’s christenin ...

Captivating Dreams

Seattle and Shakespeare: Arts in the Pacific Northwest are thriving

By Joseph Campana

Springtime’s for Seattle. And Shakespeare. Each year I spend a weekend in the spring with a group of scholars who spend most of their time with the inestimable works of William Shakespear ...

Romeo Juliet & Romeo & Juliet

Two production concepts alike in dignity: One a classic set in a contemporary world, the other an alternative view of contemporary life. Two directors with very different takes on one of Shakespear

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