West Side Story
Produced by OXAGEN Productions
Directed by Grace Taylor
Designed by Tessa Robinson
Choreography by Cassie Pennicuik
Musical Direction by Simon Bruckard
Darby Turnbull, Theatre People
Kudos, however, must go to Grace Taylor for a clear and well thought out interpretation of the text and the management of a larger than most cast which she has utilized well on a mostly bare stage. She highlights the youth and naïveté of the core characters; if the rage, resentment and machismo is lacking in the gangs’ motivations, she presents them as young kids, playing a game, who never really quite understand the consequences of their actions. It’s the same with Tony and Maria. I’ve never seen an interpretation quite as chaste as this one, as they seem like two young people playing out what they perceive as a great love affair.