Hearts flutter on Tybee Nov. 16

By Jim Reed/SMN

Out on Tybee Island, the 200-capacity, single-screen historic Tybee Post Theater screens 1961’s beloved musical take on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

“West Side Story” finds that play’s plot about a young star-crossed couple transplanted to the low-rent tenement district of New York City, courtesy of director Robert Wise (“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “The Sound of Music”). Rival street gangs of Puerto Rican immigrants battle for respect while the sister of one gang’s leader and the founder of the opposing gang can’t help falling in love. Which, you know, complicates things. Packed with emotion and elaborate dance sequences that have withstood the test of time, it’s a bona fide classic. 7 p.m. showtime, and admission includes a glass of wine and some Kleenex (for those of you with fluttering hearts).