AP credited "David Leveaux with trying to make Shakespeare cool, even if this uneven production sometimes misses the mark by falling in love with its visual effects," but was not won over by the leads, who "when they're apart, the weight of these roles seems to push them down." The Wall Street Journal faulted the entire concept, writing, "This R & J is a slick, weightless assemblage of modern-dress trickery (Romeo wears a hoodie and jeans) whose conception is as stale as its been-there-seen-that décor and TV-movie music. From the low-impact knife fight to the brutally abridged tomb scene (what happened to Paris?), it proceeds systematically along its overfamiliar way, never missing a chance to be obvious. When the star-crossed lovers paw one another lasciviously at their first meeting, you can almost hear Mr. Leveaux assuring himself, 'That ought to thrill the kiddies.'"
And Hollywood Reporter noted that "dreamy intoxication…is largely missing from David Leveaux's snoozy modern-dress production, along with poetry and heat. Bloom is the big name on the marquee and he makes a confident Broadway debut, roaring onto the stage on a motorcycle no less. But such contemporary trappings never quite amount to a distinctive edge."
How do the British come up with new ideas for stage shows? They go to the movies!
Fatal Attraction, a new stage version of the 1987 film, will receive its world premiere at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket, beginning previews March 8, 2014, prior to an official opening March 25, for a 15-week run through June 21.
As in the original film, the play will track how a casual sexual encounter with the woman Alex Forrest quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, his young family and their pet rabbit.
The show is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart.