The two leads excel in this new recording of Shakespeare’s early play. Joseph Fiennes captures Romeo’s tenderness, immaturity, and idealism, and he maintains his energy throughout. Maria Miles, as Juliet, makes a memorable and intelligent impression in virtually every scene she has. Her desperate soliloquy in Act Four, considering the possible consequences of taking the deathlike sleeping potion given to her by the Friar, is a gem: She is fearful and determined, independent and frail. Clive Brill’s direction sometimes calls for overlapping dialogue, which makes for an effective brisk pace. The close microphone on Juliet for her lines about Romeo’s death (“Take him and cut him out in little stars . . .”) gives the poetry a powerful intimacy. A superior production. G.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 05]
Trade Ed. Audio Partners/ Arkangel 2003
CS ISBN $17.95 Two cassettes
CD ISBN $24.95 Three CDs
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