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Write a brief humorous essay on the director’s take of a modern production of a chosen scene in Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet, Act 1, Scene 5 ” No, no, no and NO! ” I was beginning to get exasperated. The actors I had selected for my production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” were, how should I put it kindly? , dim and untalented. We were rehearsing one of the most important scenes of the play, the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet. The scene where they fall in love, the whole play revolved around this scene, and this bunch of amateurs was ruining it.
” Look Megan,” I said to my Juliet, “you have to put some feeling into this, acting is about much more than just reciting the lines. You have to imagine that YOU are Juliet. You are a fourteen-year-old girl being approached by a handsome boy. You have to SHOW the audience that you aren’t sure how to react to his advances. Be coy, sweet and innocent. But you also have to be witty. Do you understand, darling? ” I felt as if I was talking to a toddler. “I think so,” said Megan. “Okay, lets try it one more time. Places everyone!
Act 1, scene 5, Action! ” I yelled. We tried it again, Megan’s tone had improved, but I suspected that she didn’t have a clue what any of what she was saying meant, and her movements were awful. Whilst Mark, my Romeo, was actually doing okay. I guess miracles do happen. “Yes that was much better, sweeties! ” I screamed “But, Mark, darling, you aren’t confident enough, you have to be a smooth operator, you’re a charmer, and you know that sooner or later this young lady will fall for your charm and wit. ” “What charm and wit?
This boy couldn’t charm a teapot, let alone a young girl! ” I thought to myself. ” Once more! Action! ” My throat was getting sore from yelling so much. Being a director isn’t easy, you know, it’s not all about “doing” lunch, and all that. But I love it, so I persisted. “That was dreadful, simply dreadful! Juliet when you say… ” I grabbed the nearest script “… “Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hands too much”, it’s meant to be witty. By this remark you show us that you are intelligent and that you’ve caught onto Romeo’s metaphor.
But you still aren’t sure about him, you are flattered to be approached, but still wary of this guy you know nothing about. You are quite happy touching his hand, but don’t want to go further, so you play hard to get! And Romeo, you have to be persistent, even a little aggressive. You touch her hand, but Megan, you pull away, but Mark you go for her hand again, and even try to kiss her after: “Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too? ” so Megan, you dodge his kiss and quickly make up an excuse.
Are we clear? Okay, again. Action! ” They were doing better, but still not good enough. I was beginning to get a headache. ” Juliet, when Romeo touches your hand you turn away, but Romeo as I said before, you persist. ” My headache was getting worse, it is pure torture seeing a Shakespeare masterpiece being acted as they were acting it. “Last time. And get it right, please. Action! ” They were getting worse and worse, but I’d had enough for the day. Oh well, maybe we still had time to recast.