Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Romeo and Juliet in Third Rock from the Sun

“Romeo & Juliet & Dick.” By Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner. Perf. John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Wayne Knight, and Jane Curtin. Dir. Robert Berlinger. 3rd Rock from the Sun. Season 2, episode 14. NBC. 12 January 1997. DVD. Mill Creek Entertainment, 2011.

Following the lead provided by avid Bardfilm reader and Twitter user @GtThee2ANunnery, I glanced quickly at an episode whose title looked promising. Here's what I found: A plot summary of Hamlet delivered by a police officer, a director advising his Mercutio to deliver his lines like Laurence Olivier, and a Lady Capulet traumatically brought to the height of her ability.

That's all!

Links: The Episode at IMDB.

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