15 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 59.
The New York Times
"The first half...is great, nasty fun, even if it’s preaching to the choir. To the extent there is a problem with the Trumpification of 'Julius Caesar'...it arises in the second half...It is then that we are faced with the ways that Trump and Caesar never properly scanned, and an aftermath in which that confusion breeds more confusion...To be fair, this is a problem built into the play...The fault is not in the stars, as good a group as the Public has assembled in the park in years."
"Eustis’ modern-dress staging at Shakespeare in the Park draws parallels, in broad strokes with thick Sharpies and neon-colored highlighters...Turning Caesar, an efficient leader, into a comic caricature makes little sense. It may be fun to watch but it also undermines the show’s powerful ambiguity...Busy and loud, the show moves at a fast clip...Some members of the cast stand out, though none more than the charismatic Elizabeth Marvel."
"In most Shakespeare productions in the park, mob scenes have to be taken on faith, with the same handful of actors scurrying about trying to look like legions. But this surging Roman mob has real numbers, and its fickle allegiances to one demagogic political figure after another makes it genuinely frightening...The Trump analogy doesn’t hold up once Caesar is assassinated...The instigators of violence are exceptionally well cast and forcefully played."
The show was also reviewed by 116 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 77.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging
See it if…"You have a sense of humor; you are outraged by Trump but you see the comedy in his stupidity and the danger in his 'I am the best/perfect.'"
Don't see it if…"You think 'Julius Caesar' should not be screwed with, not edited, no parallels to our world."
See it if…"Gregg Henry and Nikki M. James were wonderful. You want to see more of Trump. Cell phones and Shakespeare are not an oxymoron to you."
Don't see it if…"You don't like modernized, smirky, gender-blind casting. You want an intermission in 2 and 1/4 hours."
See it if…"You like modern re-stagings, great use of extras."
Don't see it if…"You can't get over Trump-as-Caesar. The metaphor didn't really work for me."
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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.