Judy Elliot McDonald’s comedy In Juliet’s Garden features five of Shakespeare’s heroines reworking the Bard’s plots. Juliet invites Ophelia, Desdemona, Portia and Kate to lunch in her garden, and each has strong ideas on how to improve her story line. Juliet has, of course, invited Shakespeare as well (they want to give him their suggestions in person). Shakespeare, however, declines the invitation and sends Jacqueline de Boys, his literary agent and editor, to meet with the women instead. This doesn’t go over so well with them, and Juliet’s garden is turned into a diva-filled battlefield as each character makes her plea for changes in her story line.
Director Lauren Hainley tells us, “In this production, we get the opportunity to experience some of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines in an intimate and relaxed setting, giving us insight into their hopes, dreams and desires.” And, it would seem, complaints.
The work is presented by the Boiling Point Players, a new theater company founded by Autumn Clack, Melanie Martin and Ruth S. McCleskey. The women are actors with a singular goal in mind: to bring fun and females to the stage. The one-act is followed by improv performances from Ophelia’s Rope & Friends. In Juliet’s Garden is performed in repertory with Secrets of a Soccer Mom, written by Kathleen Clark and directed by Christine Weems.
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In Juliet’s Garden plays Thursday at 8, May 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832-303-1578 or visit boilingpointplayers.com. Pay-what-you-can to $15.
Thu., May 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 24, 8 p.m.; Mon., May 26, 8 p.m.; Wed., May 28, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 30, 8 p.m., 2014