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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Fathers, Mothers, A Ghostly Sire, and A Good Sweet Nurse

The Flatwater Romeo and Juliet is also graced with six powerful performances depicting the actual and "substitute" parents of the title characters.

As Lady Montague, Romeo's mother, Linda Nettland is fiercely protective: we can sense beforehand that her grief at Romeo's exile will be fatal.

As Lord Montague, Romeo's father, Dick Nielsen is compassionate and concerned: our sense of the tragedy at play's end is intensified by his sorrow.

As Lady Capulet, Juliet's mother, Mary Douglass is committed to kin and especially to family honor: she and Tybalt, her brother's son, are equally "fiery" in seeking respect.

As Lord Capulet, Juliet's father, Fred Stuart is both jovial and Jove-like: generous, amiable, but ready to hurt thunderbolts if crossed. The performance is moving and disturbing.

As the Nurse, Margy Ryan is bawdy, emotional, funny, sympathetic, and intent on trying to do what she thinks is best for Juliet -- who has taken the place of Susan, her late daughter, in her heart.

As Friar Laurence, Brad Boesen is understandably Romeo's teacher, mentor, and confidant, as well as confessor -- a true student of nature and human nature.

The production continues tonight, October 1, and next weekend, October 5-8. Space is limited, so reserve your tickets at 484-7640 or our website --


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