William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and "The Comedy of Errors" have enthralled generations, and the productions at the Wharton Center this week come to us courtesy of two Tony-award winning theatrical institutions.

In the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater’s co-production of "Romeo," Alejandro Rodriguez and Kaliswa Brewster play the lovers, under the direction of Penny Metropulos. The action has been to updated to a 1912 setting, a move intended to allow 21st century audiences to better connect with the material according to Metropulos.

"Romeo" is presented Thursday, and "The Comedy of Errors" is staged Friday.

Christina Traister, associate professor of theater at Michigan State University, will conduct a free lecture prior to "Romeo" in the Stoddard Grand Tier Lounge 45 minutes before showtime.

’Romeo and Juliet’

Pasant Theatre Wharton Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10

’The Comedy of Errors’

Pasant Theatre Wharton Center, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11 Tickets for each show are $35 general admission and $15 for students (800) WHARTON www.whartoncenter.com