Child actress Angela Goethals won an Obie Award in 1991 for what critics called her remarkably-assured performance in Linda Barry's Off-Broadway hit The Good Times Are Killing Me. The performance was good enough to land her a starring role opposite James Naughton and Stockard Channing in John Guare's Four Baboons Adoring the Sun. Since then, however, Goethals hasn't been seen much around the New York theatre world. Now she's back, and in one of the greatest female roles in the canon. Goethals will star in a new, site-specific production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The production begins performances July 15.
The show -- in something of an echo of Expanded Arts' popular Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot) series, which takes place a few blocks to the southwest -- will be staged in the outdoor garage space next to the Present Company Theatorium on the Lower East Side,'s Stanton Street. The stark, utilitarian facility is walled on four sides with a cement floor and no ceiling.
Johnny Giacalone is Romeo to Goethals' Juliet. Also in the cast are Willie Boy Jr., Pere Jackson, Rachel Jett, Christine Jegetta, Martin Marion, Dave Matos, Josephine Melendez, Matt Newton, Lorenzo Pisoni, David Rabig, Nicole Ravenna, Tella Storey and Jonathan Togo.
The production will run July 15-Aug. 8. For information, call (212) 358 5064.
-- By Robert Simonson