Classic romance: 'Romeo & Juliet' gets an update


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"Romeo & Juliet" gets an update in director Don Wadsworth's retelling with the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. In a nod to "West Side Story" (minus the music) and the Baz Luhrmann film "Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet," the story of tragic young love is set in a brutal American setting amid civil unrest and street brawls. Seniors Grace Rao and Adam Hagenbuch portray the star-crossed lovers. The show runs Wednesdays through Saturdays through May 4 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on April 27 and May 4 and a free matinee for high school students at 10 a.m. May 3. Performances take place at the Philip Chosky Theater of the Purnell Center for the Arts on CMU's Oakland campus. Tickets: $17-$25 at www.drama.cmu.edu or 412-268-2407.

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