September 10th, 2016

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Orlando Shakes puts audiences right in the middle of West Side Story’s star-crossed romance

Western Union
By Seth Kubersky

Somewhere in America tonight, West Side Story is being performed, just as it has been nearly every evening since its 1957 Broadway debut. Leonard Bernstein's score and Jerome Robbins' staging are inarguably immortal, but can a Romeo and Juliet set among Eisenhower-era youth still speak to audiences in the age of Trump? According to Orlando Shakespeare Theater artistic director Jim Helsinger and his cast and crew, not only is Tony and Maria's tragedy more relevant here and now than ever before, but the production they are opening this weekend is the most intimate West Side you've ever experienced.
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