Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay. Tickets: $45-$575. Bookings: (02) 6685 8310 or online. Ends Monday. Romeo & Juliet There is a fine tradition of making Romeo and Juliet very young and naive. That certainly explains the breathless foolishness of their lightning-fast romance. Peter Evans’s new production appears to be going for something like that but, in a play already full of absurd coincidences, the result is so frantic, the performance style so exaggerated and the tone so crudely energetic that the tragedy is all but lost, to say nothing of the poetry. Kelly Paterniti, as Juliet, comes closest to pulling this style off. Her performance is very clear, as a feisty girl who falls for a Romeo whose main appeal seems to be that he is nothing like anyone in her family. Alex Williams’s Romeo is relentlessly hyped up, constantly shouting. It is a bit difficult to understand why any girl would fall in love with him so completely and so tragically. The saddest thing about this forced production is its failure to deliver successfully a play that, for all its familiarity and for all its faults, is still worth doing. Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Civic Square, Canberra. Opens Friday, 7.30pm. Tickets: $35-$90. Bookings: (02) 6275 2700 or online. Until April 9.