REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Julius Caesar (The Public Theater)” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Jun 13, 2017
“Julius Caesar (The Public Theater),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Oskar Eustis, opened on June 12, 2017 in New York City. “Julius Caesar (The Public Theater),” written by William Shakespeare and directed by Oskar Eustis, opened on June 12, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

15 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 59.

Jesse Green
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80

"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." 

Elisabeth Vincentelli
Newsday
ShowScore: 45
"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."
Marilyn Stasio
Variety
ShowScore: 75
"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."
“Julius Caesar (The Public Theater)” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Matt Windman of AM New York, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side, Deirdre Donovan of CurtainUp, Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly, David Finkle of The Clyde Fitch Report, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York , Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.

MEMBER REVIEWS

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

Mark 628161, ShowScore: 96
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."
Martha H 6138, ShowScore: 62
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."
Sarah J, ShowScore: 67
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.

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