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Romeo and Juliet

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 9-Oct. 28
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 17-Oct. 22
7 p.m.
$29-$77; $15-$59 previews

The Guthrie Theater has enacted the works of Shakespeare countless times throughout their storied history, beginning with Hamlet as their inaugural production in 1963. Consequently, it may come as a surprise that the Guthrie has only produced Romeo and Juliet twice over the past 54 years. Under the insightful eye of artistic director Joseph Haj, however, that number is about to go up to three. Haj, who directed last season’s fascinating production of King Lear, has shown himself to be adept at infusing fresh vitality into classic tragedy. With such sensibilities, audiences should be eager to see what contemporary perspective Haj and the Guthrie team derive from such well-trodden ground. The quintessential tale of doomed passion, Romeo and Juliet remains a cautionary tragedy wherein the obstinate hostility of two bitterly divided families loom over the titular couple’s declarations of devotion. Despite the tragic outcome (or possibly owing to), audiences never tire of Romeo and Juliet’s uncompromising yearning, sealed with some of Shakespeare’s most memorable verse. The most familiar of lines can sound utterly new when voiced with conviction; Kate Eastman and Ryan-James Hatanaka assume the revered roles star-crossed lovers.