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Caligula

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Dizzying

About the show

Medicine Show Theatre presents Albert Camus's provocative classic about the mad Roman Emperor, in a new translation. More…

Camus's work combines perverse humor with splashes of vulgarity, and vaudevillian tendencies. Its central Caligula is a wild, unfettered leader of Shakespearean dimension.


Member Reviews (10)

MEMBERS SAY:

Slow, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Dizzying

86
Philosophical, Thought-provoking, Witty, Smart, Theatrical

See it if you want to see a strong production of the best original play written by an important writer-philosopher of the mid-20th century.

Don't see it if you don't like to think in the theater, or you have an aversion to low-budget productions.

Also When I was a boy, the phrase “living philosopher” would have evoked 2 ... Read more Read less

70
Minimal semblance of a director's input or design, Few very strong supporting performances, Interesting opposite-gender casting, Philosophical / atypical yet riveting & intense, Intelligent / wordy & beautifully written (translated)

See it if you're interested in experiencing a slightly different Caligula story, other than the incest, pedophilia & madness we often hear/read about.

Don't see it if you expect a masterful production w/thoughtful design of any kind. If you've been to MST, you already know it's worn down & falling apart.

Also Felt as if the 2 1/2hrs were thrown together haphazardly.... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, timely, earnest

See it if you want to take a chance on a small theater & a very interesting early play by Camus, with eerie parallels to today’s political climate.

Don't see it if you insist on seeing only highly polished productions.

Also I admire Medicine Show Theater for several reasons. They have put on a... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you love albert camus and would like to see how he treated this intriguing character

Don't see it if you expect simple, gimmicky theater. This show is not the greatest play ever written, but it is an amazing character analysis / exploration.


September 17th, 2018
"Under the direction of Dempsey, the play is brought to life is brought to life in a manner that is both minimalistic while still highly theatrical, emphasizing the dramatic performances of these characters over set and lighting design...Some scenes in the play drag on, at times, and not all of t...
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