CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local theatre company will open its production of “Shakespeare’s R&J,” a unique twist on the classic love story, this weekend in NoDa.

Three Bone Theatre will present the “Romeo & Juliet” adaptation by Joe Calarco at Upstage NoDa. The New York Times has said the play is “a vibrant, hot-blooded new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.”

According to the theatre company, the play tales the story of “four young prep school students, tired of going through the usual drill of conjugating Latin and other tedious school routines, [who] decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, one student breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and they all take turns reading the play aloud. The Bard’s words and the story itself are thrilling to the boys and they become swept away, enmeshed in the emotion so much so that they break school rules in order to continue their readings. Their perceptions are turned upside down as the fun of play-acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home as universal truths emerge.”

The play is being directed by Carmen Bartlett, Three Bone Theatre’s producing artistic director. Cast members include Jordan Ellis, Chris Herring, Matt Kenyon and Grant Watkins.

Tickets are $18, with performances this Saturday and Sunday, as well as April 11, 12 and 13 at Upstage NoDa, 3306-C N. Davidson St. in Charlotte. Show times are 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. The theatre will donate 20 percent of its ticket proceeds to Time Out Youth, a local LGBT youth services agency. Tickets can be purchased online at

Matt Comer

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