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Julius Caesar (Hamlet Isn't Dead)

From 14 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

Hamlet Isn't Dead presents a new staging of Shakespeare's historical tragedy.

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William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar" is a classic tale of loyalty and power. This production combines Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s brand of immediate theater with live rock music.


Member Reviews (14)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent
91
Avg Score

86
Smart, Uneven, Gender-bending, Lean, Clear

See it if you'd like to experience a "Julius Caesar" that feels effortlessly contemporary.

Don't see it if you are expecting the standard ideological face-off between Brutus & Antony to be the night's central thread.

Also Hamlet Isn't Dead is no standard Shakespeare troupe, so don’t expect i... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great direction

See it if you want to see a director, Emily Jackson, master a script.

Don't see it if you want a 20th or 21st century version of Shakespeare. This more the comedy that the Bard intended.

Also When I left the theater I thought that Jackson had failed to show the ... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy clever staging & non-traditional casting of this Shakespeare classic. Caesar & Brutus are women, which is so compelling.

Don't see it if You don't like surprises in your Shakespeare. Switching up the gender roles is just one fascinating change done with this show.

90
Absorbing, Epic, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You enjoy new takes on Shakespeare, gender swapping roles, live rock music, exciting fight sequences, & a beautiful transformative space

Don't see it if If you hold the Bard’s work precious, or don’t like: live music, fights, or love gorgeous stained glass church windows as a background

90
Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intimate

See it if You like intimate staging or non-traditional casting. The cast gives incredible performances and the live music lends a great energy.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy Shakespearean language or just Shakespeare in general.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You like the play. This is a loyal concept and cut and performed with the utmost commitment by its performers.

Don't see it if you are looking for true star-turns.

Also Hamlet isn't Dead continues to distinguish itself as one of the strong... Read more Read less

98
Great staging, Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You want to see accessible Shakespeare that maintains its complexity, but removes elements that don’t resonate. If you like refreshing takes

Don't see it if You don’t want to see any genderbending, you hate music integrated into performance, you must have psychological realism.

100
Intense, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You are a mega Shakespeare fan. It always great to see his work re-imagined. It was all about the acting and the intensity between them.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing Shakespeare in modern dress and delivered to the audience (at times).

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if If you want a truly unique production of a classic piece that will make you feel a huge arrange of beautiful emotions.

Don't see it if If you're a traditionalist and don't like rock music.

98
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if HID is true to form here! Cast, Music, lighting are all superb. Special shout out to the lighting! The Bard would be proud!

Don't see it if None unless you don't like theater!

100
Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You like acting and believability even with gender bending. If you like great stage combat that is very close to the audience.

Don't see it if You only like traditional casting.

100
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Intense

See it if You want to see a Shakespeare classic in a contemporary and unique rendition. The set, music, ​and acting are all fantastic.

Don't see it if You're not ready for some strong female leads to steal the show!

100
Fantastic

See it if You’re looking for a top notch Caesar strutting around (she’s great)- and want to wrestle with all those complicated relationships. You do.

Don't see it if You are not interested in complicated relationships because you’re life is perfect. Stay home!

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if The gender switch with leads as strong powerful women is not just a gimmick. It's an interesting commentary on our current political scene.

Don't see it if You like the same old classical re-telling of Shakespeare's democracy vs. dictatorship drama.


December 3rd, 2018
“Jackson inverts the Balcony Theater so that the audience is seated in the pit, looking up...allowing for dynamic level-playing...The stage pictures created against this are clear and interesting..The playful approach to the text by the performers, tossing in sotto voce asides during each other's...
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December 3rd, 2018
“Everyone in the cast spoke with clarity...They knew what they were saying and the result was a conversational tone...The somewhat spare venue...was effective and well-used...The performance seemed to lack gravitas...The gender changes may have influenced my impression...I don’t know why it was ...
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December 3rd, 2018
“What works, works brilliantly...Pragel's fight direction was smart, cinematic, and spectacular...It was apparent that several times actors were simply left to sit on the steps and deliver the text...A physical abandonment that...somewhat muddied relationships between sets of characters...Sometim...
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