A potent storyline to begin with, Aquila Theatre’s take on Romeo and Juliet heightens the mother-daughter relationship by having Lady Capulet read her husband’s lines in addition to her own. The single mother has to “face the fact that her daughter must follow in her steps of being a child bride, and she must be the one to enforce it,” according to an event release. That emotional tumult is reflected in a 30-foot-long silk dress, which binds the two together physically. The play’s remaining three actors also interact with the garment, pulling on or hiding beneath it without ever leaving the stage. The New York City- and London-based theatrical company’s modernization of the timeless tragedy shows at Diana Wortham Theatre Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m., with a pre-performance discussion at 7 p.m. $38 adult/$33 student/$20 child. dwtheatre.com. Photo by Richard Termine
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