Twenty years ago, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company mounted a free production of Romeo and Juliet on Boston Common, and parents of a rambunctious 4-year-old who were worried he’d get bored watched him become transfixed by the swordplay, inching closer and closer to the stage. Fast-forward to this summer, when the now-24- year-old Kai Tshikosi played Tybalt in a brilliant production that had crowds transfixed and critics swooning, proving that free, world-class theater bears the sweetest of fruit.
Opening night began with a reception at the Parkman House that attracted the likes of composer/genius Tod Machover, the flawless Priscilla Douglas, brilliant choreographer Levi Marsman, uber-do-gooder Ashley Wisneski, Missoni-clad mama Sabra Katz, stunning fashion plate Emma Pickard, tall drink o’ water Kurt Gress, design avatar Anja Kola and her husband, Kier “Dr. Glad” McDonough, sexy Red Sox lawyer David Friedman, whirling dervish Laura Baldini, the unsinkable Doris Yaffe and one woman who greeted another guest by saying, “You’re much better-looking than your headshot.” After wine and light bites, the crowd headed to the Common for the production, which was nothing short of spectacular, but not before the following exchange took place: “We want to come visit you in Wellfleet.” “We live in Truro. Psychiatrists live in Wellfleet. Crazy people live in Truro.”
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