VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

romeo + juliet

“Romeo, Romeo, Romeo! Here’s drink. I drink to thee.” – Juliet, Act 4, Scene 3

It’s that lovin’ time of year, listeners! This time around, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with Baz Luhrmann’s flashy modern retelling of William Shakespeare‘s Romeo + Juliet! Shannon of the Stage of Fools podcast and Mercy Street Theatre‘s Julia Rohed accompany us as we talk about Shakespearean language, unconventional Shakespere film adaptations, and Romeo and Juliet’s lack of peripheral vision. Listen anon with thine custom cocktail and drinking game!

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Two Drinks, Both Alike In Dignity

We made our own Romeo and Juliet cocktails for you thirsty couples out there on Valentine’s Day – two refreshing, floral drinks you’d be a fool to bite your thumb at.

JULIET:
2 parts gin
1 part Zucca amaro
1 part Chambord Royale
1/2 part rose water
3 parts ginger beer
lemon (for garnish)

ROMEO:
1 part black rum
1 part Luxardo amaro
1/2 part Hum hibiscus liqueur
3 parts iced tea
1/2 part baked apple bitters

DRINKING RULES FOR WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET:

  1. Whenever there’s text on screen
  2. Any time you see a cross or other religious imagery
  3. Neon objects/lighting

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Romeo shouts at the top of his lungs, “THEN I DEFY YOU, STARS!”

Join us next week as we get existential with Darren Aronofsky’s passion project The Fountain!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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