"When I read Shakespeare’s tragedies before that production, I thought: “How surprising that they’ve chosen each other with such certainty!” After that production, I think: “How surprising that each of them has so surely chosen themselves!” In Verona, the youth mature early. Juliet and Romeo experience an early development of conscience, and thenceforth comes great vigilance and sensitivity. In relation to the present – it’s a nervous tremor on contact with a remorselessly cruel time. In relation to the future – it’s clarity of consciousness. Each is a prophet of their own fate.
…Calmly, with a steadfast responsibility, they make a choice. They choose their parts, the tragic roles of lovers, dying for each other, and consciously choose to become Romeo and Juliet.”
From V. Silyunas’ review of A.V. Efros' production of “Romeo and Juliet”