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Tragic romance hits playhouse stage

Choose your own adventure (of star-crossed lovers): Are you more Romeo and Juliet or Jets versus Sharks? The Duluth Playhouse’s Teen Intensive teams are performing Shakespeare and “West Side Story.”

Per usual, the cast for one show is the crew for the other — and vice versa.

“Romeo & Juliet,” directed by Alex Goebel, opens Thursday, Aug. 9, and plays at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 18 on the Family Theatre stage at the Depot; “West Side Story,” directed by Kyle Geissler, opens Friday, Aug. 10, and plays at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 19 at the same place. Tickets for both are $15-17 at

“Romeo & Juliet” is set in Verona where the children from feuding families have fallen in love. Aside from the role of Romeo, this is an entirely female production.

“West Side Story” is about two gangs in the streets of Manhattan. Tony falls for Maria, the sister of a rival gang member. Includes songs like “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight.”

Members of the Teen Intensive troupe are taking donations for Operation Agua to help rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.