Summer is a time for Shakespeare in the Park, but this summer it was Shakespeare at the Armory, with the Royal Shakespeare Company camped out on Park Avenue offering up Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. The last of these was just short of a fiasco, a clichéd, banal mess of a production. Obviously, our British friends don’t think much of their colonial cousins and are resolved to fob off upon us their second best, if indeed it is even that. With Britain currently being destroyed by its yob underclass, the RSC might want to think about working a little bit harder in New York—refugee status is not easy to come by in the United States.

The disaster that is the rsc’s Romeo and Juliet is surprising for two reasons: One, this is the Royal...


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