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October 16, 2003

Romeo & Juliet, a non-verbal adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, co-produced by Bulgaria's Theatre Tsvete and New York's Bond Street Theatre, launches its American tour at the Theatre Project beginning tomorrow. Bond Street, a movement theater troupe that has been described by director and co-founder Joanna Sherman as a "cultural Peace Corps," became acquainted with Theatre Tsvete, a puppet theater company, in 1999, when both were working in Macedonian refugee camps.

Their joint production of Romeo & Juliet uses live music, dance, acrobatics, shadow puppets and lighting effects to focus on "the tragedy of neighbor against neighbor" and "the choice between love and violence," according to Bond Street's Web site. The show has toured Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. Interspersed with comedy and departing from its source to end on an uplifting note, the production is recommended for family audiences.

Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 26. Tickets are $16. For more information, call 410-752-8558.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

Night with Dame Edna

Dame Edna guarantees her newest show, A Night With Dame Edna: The Show That Cares, will bring audiences "at least one major laugh per half-minute." Whether that's true remains to be seen, but "the Dame's" last show, The Royal Tour, received a Special Tony Award, so the laughs are likely.

Dame Edna, a character created by Australian actor Barry Humphries, will appear at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre (25 Hopkins Plaza) Tuesday through Nov. 2. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$57.50 and are available at the Mechanic Theatre box office or through Ticketmaster (410-481-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com).

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