Aside from the extremely well judged staging (a deceptively simple set, a pool of water, great pacing and energy, believable stage combat...all in the open air of Central Park --gah, a thing of beauty) I appreciated its point of view. It really gets at the irrational nature of the young lovers. That's too often demoted to subtext, in order to exalt the Great Love.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden.The production is more consistently excellent than the assembled performances but there were two true standouts. Mercutio (Christopher Evan Welch) absolutely nails every scene and works play-shifting wonders in the 'plague on both your houses' death scene. And then there's the sweetest flower in all this field... Lauren Ambrose as Juliet. Six Feet Under fans will know that she can act up an teen-angst storm. Psycho Beach Party fans will recollect that she has amazing vocal range and control --remember that her split personality came complete with wholly separate voices. She puts both of these abilities to expert use here. I'm not a Shakespeare connoisseur by any means, but she's the best Juliet I've personally ever seen. Brava!