‘ROMEO AND JULIET,’ (which opened on July 14, 2013 as part of Washington, D.C.’s Capital Fringe Festival) is now playing a limited run through July 24, 2013 at Source Theatre.
Sean stars as Romeo in the production, directed by Hannah Todd for We Happy Few Productions.
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Gripping, propulsive – The technically assured Hudock, who looks as if he has just stepped out of a boy band, is a terrific innocent-but-passionate Romeo.”
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Far from a whining teenager, careful thought and precision peppers the various scenes she shares with Romeo (Sean Hudock) who responds with the same vaulted logic.But this is no ninety minute lecture on human morals and behavior. Like an episode of a prime time mob thriller, Todd’s cast of eight versatile actors (all playing multiple roles except for the titular couple) wastes no time getting us into the action. The prologue concludes, and the chorus bursts into insults, then battle cries, and finally a sequence of Casey Kaleba’s stunning fight choreography that, despite the aggressive nature of the scene, doesn’t skip out on physical comedy.
In fact, physical comedy, an easy thing to forget about when blocking one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, is threaded so seamlessly throughout the production that it actually contributes to character development rather than detract from it. The roughhousing of Romeo, Mercutio (William Vaughn), and Benvolio (Kiernan McGowan) on their way to the Capulet banquet easily presents the three as any modern teenage brothers. All factors contribute to one central goal: these are real people we might see walking down the street today, with real problems and real goals, even if they’re speaking almost another language in a time long past.
Overall, this is a Shakespeare production with modern flair and rich charisma, addictive and engaging even to those taking their first step into the world of the Bard. Put away your DVD copy of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and head to the Source Theater instead; you won’t be disappointed.”
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“So real and bursting with life – the play resonates and its grip never relents – Fresh and visceral – the balcony scene almost feels improvised – a revelation.
Listening to Romeo (Sean Hudock), Benvolio (Kiernan McGowan) and Mercutio joke with one another about sex sounds like a true wordsmith’s version of Barstool Sports. The way the actors make these men seem as though they could be hanging at McFadden’s is uncanny.
The entire cast is responsible for breathing new life into these well-known characters.
See it if: You want to find the humanity in the characters you’ve read on the page.”
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On a sultry summer night, just like Juliet (a feisty Raven Bonniwell), this writer fell in love with Romeo (Sean Hudock) in the We Happy Few production of Romeo and Juliet at the Capital Fringe Festival. Eat your heart out Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Daines – you’re not the only contemporary actors who can pull off 16th century dialogue with wit and charm. As for Hudock (Romeo), he’s as cute as Leo! Any Shakespeare fan should see this pared-down cut version with more or less of authentic words by the Bard of Avon. Bring the family – it really works for all generations.”Full review here