The Stage: The New Old Vic

Britain's Old Vic has come to the U.S. for a five-month, 13-city tour, trailing a cloud of complaints from British critics that the grand old company is not what it used to be. Perhaps not. But it is demonstrably less cobwebby and more experimental now than it has been for a dozen years. Its new productions—Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Shaw's Saint Joan—are generally characterized by innovation, and all worth seeing.

Reverse Adaptation. Most notable is Romeo and Juliet. Curiously enough, it has been directed by a young Italian, Franco Zeffirelli, who also...

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