A review of the Peter Schaufuss Ballet in "Romeo and Juliet" by Judith Cruickshank for danceviewtimes
It's possible to stage a chamber version of Romeo and Juliet; Mark Morris managed to tell the story clearly with a small number of dancers. But doing it by simply cutting the ensemble dances from a ballet that was created with them means that you are left with an un-balanced evening -- for instance the only interval comes after the death of Tybalt. The Capulet ball is ludicrously under-attended, Verona a largely deserted city. The lack of so many characters means that important moments like the lovers -- first sight of each other go for nothing, while at other times a character is left stranded on the stage with nothing much to do until the music finishes.