When: Fri., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 5, 2 & 8 p.m. 2016
Despite its unhappy ending, Romeo & Juliet remains a perpetual crowd-pleaser. Is it the young love theme people are attracted to, or perhaps the "two against the world" defiance that binds the two lovers? Mario Radacovsky takes the latter approach for his specially commissioned adaptation of the Prokofiev ballet. His focus is on the social barriers that insulated the wealthy Capulet and Montague families, and how Romeo and Juliet are willing to break those barriers for love. Grand Rapids Ballet dances Radacovsky's interpretation of Romeo & Juliet at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday (November 4 and 5) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; www.touhill.org). Tickets are $30 to $50.