Caesar and Cleopatra
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Caesar and Cleopatra
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Caesar and Cleopatra NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(58 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
12%
Negative
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Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Absorbing

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Gingold Theatrical Group presents a rare revival of Shaw’s almost historical comedy "Caesar and Cleopatra."

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75
Farcical, Inane, Quirky, Indulgent, Refreshing

See it if Buffoonery by people in power. Comic actors ham it up with stage presence. Breathes life into an old story. Light entertainment.

Don't see it if Bombastic script with stilted language. Actors talk to the audience a lot. Annoying shallow characters. Unconvincing Cleopatra.

80
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if Staller's streamlined yet potent adapt of Shaw's epic drama proves both thoughtful & breezy enhanced by excellent leads Cuccioli & Avia Lim

Don't see it if Not for Shavian purists; its whittled down from 3 1/2 to 2 hrs Yet Shaw's witty, razor sharp essence remains & still delights Set is clunky

89
Cleverly staged, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you have missed the charm of Bernard Shaw. This lovely production will open your eyes to amusement, wonder & delight! Read the posters!

Don't see it if you dislike subtly and prefer overt to sly humor.

76
Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedic period plays in intimate settings. This is funny and includes themes of power dynamics and female empowerment.

Don't see it if you prefer contemporary settings or newer works.

83
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Shaw's humorous fictionalized account of the 1st cent. BC rulers - meeting in Egypt with Caesar helping Cleo come to power; 2 hour version

Don't see it if director added narrator (excellent) who frequently addresses audience; don't want stories of female empowerment, want elaborate set Read more

77
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the complexity of Shaw's great writing updated for today's audience. Great exploration of the formation of a leader's power.

Don't see it if you are a purist and prefer Shaw's original writing.

86
Inventively trimmed & reimagined script, Intelligent & witty, Absorbing, Ambitious, Excellent cast & casting

See it if You’re up for a funny, imaginatively edited and slightly meta-theatrical, rarely seen Shaw. A smart production with an excellent cast.

Don't see it if You like your Shaw dry, in five acts and with characters only speaking to each other, rather than occasionally addressing the audience. Read more

84
Great writing, Relevant, Clever, Witty, Absorbing

See it if you want intelligent, witty play re: themes of power, responsibility, mentorship, & legacy - thru story of Caesar meets Cleopatra. Timely.

Don't see it if you want something experimental or edgy. This is classic, literate, relevant theater. Neglected gem. Braxton performance esp. noteworthy.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
October 3rd, 2019

"‘Caesar & Cleopatra,’ Dressed Down Yet Wised Up: George Bernard Shaw gets sensitively streamlined in a briskly entertaining production with winning performers at its center."
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Time Out New York
September 24th, 2019

4/5 Stars "George Bernard Shaw's historical comedy brings new life to ancient history."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 26th, 2019

"In David Staller’s new adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s work, the worldly Caesar transforms a Lolita-like Cleopatra into a hardheaded political realist."
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Theatermania
September 24th, 2019

"A Young Woman Attaches Herself to an Older Man for Power in 'Caesar and Cleopatra': Bernard Shaw's history play receives an off-Broadway revival."
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BroadwayWorld
October 1st, 2019

"Robert Cuccioli, Teresa Avia Lim, Brenda Braxton in Shaw's Comedy of Political Maneuvering, 'CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA'"
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Lighting & Sound America
September 27th, 2019

"Especially since 'Caesar and Cleopatra' is such a rare visitor to these parts, one would like to see it presented straight up, if only to see how well it is aging. We are denied this opportunity at Theatre Row, where the production has been encumbered with a labored concept in which placing it on the site of a modern archeological dig."
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New York Stage Review
September 25th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Shaw Redux, with Reverent Irreverence': Director David Staller revisits Shaw's power duo, delightfully"
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TheaterScene.net
October 7th, 2019

"The rarely produced 'Caesar and Cleopatra' (partly due to the size of the original cast and epic proportions of Shaw's requirements) demonstrates that it has a great deal to say to modern times as it is more attuned to our own era than most plays from the turn of the last century."
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Theatre is Easy
October 5th, 2019

"Staller's attempt to realize Shaw's vision, while well-meaning, seems misapplied… Braxton does ultimately make much of one of Shaw's most powerful women…I wonder, too, whether Shaw took his characters quite as seriously and his story quite as soberly as Staller thinks he should."
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CurtainUp
September 24th, 2019

"Shaw is always Shaw, and in a way his work always speaks for itself. Viewed through that lens, this Caesar and Cleopatra is a witty, engaging, and thought-provoking success."
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Front Mezz Junkies
September 27th, 2019

"I wouldn't say Caesar's ship had sunk, as it fortunately has some strong arms like Applegate's and Domingues's to keep the crew from taking on too much water. But in the end, Shaw's play floats, never truly living up to its potential, but not sinking into the deep dark ocean that surrounds them."
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T
October 3rd, 2019

"Injects a palpable dose of modernity into the history of the relationship between Caesar's Rome and Cleopatra's Egypt. David Staller's direction is both evenhanded and refreshing, successfully bring this adaptation to an authentic and innovative staging of this Shaw classic."
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Broadway Blog
September 24th, 2019

"So many markers have been removed that little intellectual, dramatic, or comic clarity shines forth from this sprightly but reductionist…adaptation. Cuccioli…and Lim…have their expressive moments…Instead of being engrossed by Shaw's ideas and characters, we find ourselves lost in a…blur of blah."
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Off Off Online
September 25th, 2019

"For all the presumably canny changes, … 'Caesar and Cleopatra' feels like a dry run for Pygmalion (1913). Cuccioli's wry, unflappable ruler tries to instill the qualities of a queen in the callow Cleopatra, and his remaking of her is akin to what Henry Higgins does with Eliza Doolittle. This time, though, the object is a genuine princess."
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