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Title Houston Voice, No. 1136, August 2, 2002
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date August 2, 2002
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com AUGUST 2, 2002 15 theater rich arenschieldt Rob Nash's "Romeo and Juliet' showcases the actor's genius, but has some room for improvement Funny by half NO, THIS ISN'T A REVIEW OF OUR annual outdoor theatrical sweat-a-thon, The Houston Shakespeare Festival, but rather, commentary about an entirely different kind of animal — comedic actor/writer Rob Nash. Fortunately the same impresario/rocket scientist that planned the Miller Outdoor Theater series that takes place each August is nowhere near Nash's current offering, "Romeo and Juliet: Sex &Love at Holy Cross High," now showing at Theatre New West on Missouri Street. This show is presented in air-conditioned comfort, not in the terrar- ium known as Miller Outdoor Theater. Outdoor theater in Houston does seem a bit odd — cultural mavens in our city seem to have made three egregious assumptions. First, that Houstonians actually want to see Shakespeare, a dubious assumption under the best climactic circumstances. Second, that the most famous of the Bard's lines isn't "Wherefore art thou Romeo?" but rather, "Julio, where's the hell's the mosquito repellent?" And third, that two plays within a week's times constitutes a "festival." Fortunately, the "other" "Romeo and Juliet" provides a cooler and much less tragic alternative. Since he is a frequent performer in Houston, Nash's quirky brand of comedy has acquired a definite following of Texas devotees. He has appeared under the auspices of just about every theatrical group in the city and audiences have come to regard him as the kind of actor you might invite to one of your parties to liven things up a bit. Many know him as the result of his "Dysfunctional Family" saga which includes the now decade old "12 Steps To a More Dysfunctional You" and "12 Steps To a More Dysfunctional Family" The most telling part of the trilogy, "12 Steps to a More Dysfunctional Christmas," packs a humorous holiday punch. These works and a series of one-man comedies detailing adolescence through rosary-colored parochial school glasses have established Nash as an extremely talented writer/actor. Through these various pieces, Nash has found a formula that works well as a means to offer his highly original material. His "Romeo and Juliet" differs from this formula, especially since it relies heavily on one of the most famous pieces of English drama ever created. In this case, the choice is a good one. While audiences may not be familiar with every poetic line of the work, most know the sequence of events, if only from the Broadway musical equivalent, "West Side Story" Boy meets girl, boy wants girl, girl's family forbids it, boy and girl arrange to secretly marry, then boy and girl die as the result of some inept monk who thinks he's a pharmacist. In Nash's work, bits of The Bard are interspersed with bits of drama surrounding the production of the production. Nash not only plays all of the Shakespeare characters but also all of the high school characters portraying those characters. This cast of dozens necessitates quick movement and mental Rob Nash popu|ar comedjc action from Nash. actor and wnter bHngs to He easily manages |jfe his own versjon of *Romeo staccato style and Ju|iet- now p|aying at transformations Theatre New West, of gender, accent, demeanor, age, and sexuality A one-man recitation of the Shakespeare text alone would be daunting; to couple that with an additional cast of separate characters seems a bit impossible, but is entirely within the range of Nash's capabilities. The difficulty in this production isn't in presenting the two sides of the coin, but in articulating how they relate to each other comedically. The Holy Cross High characters are, in typical Nash style, a hilarious high-school microcosm. Not only does the playwright create these individuals, but he then uses his unique acting abilities to bring them to life onstage. The potential for humor is endless as these socially flawed teenagers attempt to portray serious Shakespearean roles. As expected, under the magnifying glass of tragedy, the personality disorders of the Holy Cross High School drama group are intensified, a convention wisely utilized by Nash. However, there are many more opportunities in this work for humor than the writer takes advantage of This is especially true in that most high school kids are oblivious to the true depth of the woiid's most profoundly romantic tragedy While this version of "Romeo and Juliet" has some .amusing moments, this writer/actor has in a way shortchanged himself by giving us characters that are not as fully developed as audiences might expect A fair amount of the original "Romeo and Juliet" text is included in this work and Nash's portrayal of his "south of the border" Juliet is really worth seeing. That said, I was hoping for more "backstage" interaction from this wacky "cast" of one. Audiences are familiar with the work upon which this show is based. What we'd like to see more of are the characters that the talented Nash brings to life and how they relate to each other. "Romeo and Juliet" a la Nash is a work that has a few holes. Its inventive creator can aptly fill them with humor. fl) 'Romeo & Juliet: Sex & Love at Holy Cross High' 8 p.m. Through Aug. 17, Thurs, Fri & Saturday Tickets: $18-20 • Theatre New West 1415 California St. • 713-394-0464 ON SALE THIS SATURDAY AT 10AM! Mclff 2-002. fyecial Cucrt: ■snJ introJur.njj rvofCV SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 H'KK.rnclirMctMchdAc.corVi <»&&&§• xSEBEEK?1©HUB @WI!gj2 BB.v **© CailTUiflUiBlTCmiTCrrELL"H"H VILIU11 **© 1103 W. Gray @ Montrose 713.524.4005 / 713.524.4880 Fax Monday-Saturday, open at 5am • Sunday, open at 6an X'" 1 "1 A ' 1 II t ■ A '1-'"1 ' 1 ■ M 1 1 I , you fire Invited To l^iz Mrs. Stains Psychic Advisor 713-972-0251 l Elaine will help you find a Higher level of Fulfillment al conquering m your innermost desire. 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