Does This Play Make You Horny?

Of course not: Its Romeo and Juliet

The supporting characters range from accomplished (Daniel Bryan Cartmell, as Juliet's father, is his usual powerful, commanding self, and Teri Ciranna's Nurse is exceptional, human and endearing) to the not-so-accomplished.

Bradac's choice for a more old-school staging, such as including direct addresses to the audience, works, but visually speaking, the play is largely uninteresting. And that's a key as to why this production feels so routine: there's an overall lack of sensuality. The costumes are muted, the set versatile but antiseptically clean.

Sure, this play was written by a Brit, but it's a messy play filled with at least three different bodily fluids. And to top it all off, it's set in Italy during the Renaissance. Where's the color, the vibrancy, the life? It's in Shakespeare's script. But as this production indicates, seldom is it found in the playing.

Romeo and Juliet at Chapman University's Waltmar Theatre, 301 E. Palm Ave., Orange, (714) 744-7016. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Through July 11. $20-$22.

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