‘Romeo and Juliet’ has romance, humor, sorrow and really great sword fighting

Jillian Fry and Nick Erlandson
Special to Tallahassee Democrat
USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of love, loss and miscommunication, “Romeo and Juliet,” established the archetypal star-crossed lovers, who have inspired five centuries of couples in plays, movies and more. Southern Shakespeare Festival takes up the challenge of the classic story this weekend with four outdoor performances complementing two days of Renaissance Faire fun in Cascades Park.

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Bardlings Have A ‘Night’

Bianca Montague gives a cast member direction as Melanie Bynum looks on AMANDA THOMPSON

Young troupe presents a condensed version of play at Shakespeare Festival

Amanda Karioth Thompson
Council on Culture & Arts

Shakespeare’s legacy has endured for more than 400 years and there’s no expiration date in sight. A new generation is embracing his works and putting their own spin on them. The Southern Shakespeare Company’s junior troupe, the Bardlings, is currently rehearsing “Eighth Night,” a condensed version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and they haven’t lost any of the comedy’s wit or whimsy.

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Renee O’Connor swaps ‘Xena’ for Shakespeare

Renee O’Connor plays Juliet’s nurse during rehearsals for the Southern Shakespeare Company’s upcoming production of “Romeo & Juliet.” HALI TAUXE/DEMOCRAT

She’s in town for ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ co-starring her son

Randi Atwood
Tallahassee Democrat
USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA

Renee O’Connor, known to millions as Gabrielle from “Xena: Warrior Princess,” is the guest artist for Southern Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming “Romeo and Juliet.” She’s playing Juliet’s nurse, a bawdy, appealing character who speaks more lines than anyone else in the play – apart from the lovers themselves. She’s been in Tallahassee since mid-April rehearsing, but you might not recognize her at first without her skimpy costumes and fighting staff. Here are 7 things you need to know — or that are just pretty cool — about the Battling Bard of Potidaea’s brush with The Bard.

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