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Julius Caesar (The Public Theater)

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Members say: Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

About the show

The Public Theater’s artistic director, Oskar Eustis, helms the Bard's play of politics and power, last seen at the Delacorte 17 years ago. Part of Shakespeare in the Park's free summer season. More…

Rome’s leader, Julius Caesar, given a Trumpian makeover, is a force unlike any the city has seen. Magnetic, populist, irreverent, he seems bent on absolute power. A small band of patriots, devoted to the country’s democratic traditions, must decide how to oppose him. Shakespeare’s political masterpiece has never felt more contemporary.


Member Reviews (171)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining
78
Avg Score

89
Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You usually have a hard time with Shakespeare, the contemporary setting of this helps to make it more clear and understandable-and relevant!

Don't see it if If you hate Shakespeare. As good as this is, it's still two plus hours of a play you'll probably hate, wondering what they're talking about.

70
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like Shakespeare that is contextualized in modern day to provide contemporary relevance. Committed performances by great cast.

Don't see it if Shakespeare plays are too slow for you, you're a Trump supporter who inaccurately believes this production is glorifying assassination

69
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy well made Shakespeare even if you don't like the subject matter. I saw this before all the hype blew it out of proportion.

Don't see it if This is not my favorite Shakespeare play. It just isn't, and no matter how good the production was, I'm just never going to love this play.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if A terrific new take on a classic. Having Antony played by Elizabeth Marvel was a genius stroke.

Don't see it if Those who complain about this show are missing the point. Its message is staunchly anti-violence. If you're stupid, you won't get it.

Also I have a lot to say about this show. First of all, it is definitely ab... Read more Read less

62
This was ruined for me by a shrill, southern accented female marc antony

See it if Gregg Henry and Nikki 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 dont like modernized, smirky, gender blind casting. You want an intermission in 2 1/4 hours. Boring sets, noninformative costumes.

71
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if would enjoy an updated to the times version of Julius Caesar

Don't see it if want to see something lighthearted or are trying to escape the every day realities of todays political issues.

59
Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the whole debate about artistic expression and censorship.

Don't see it if you'd be offended at the depiction of Trump being killed.

Also While I don't think this really worked (playing in NYC, Trump is seen ... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Entertaining, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to see a modern take on the classic. It's unreal how accurate it is to current events without changing language.

Don't see it if you don't like interactive theater. Cast members act from the audience often and you might sometimes feel surrounded.

70
Ambitious, Great acting

See it if you want to see what the fuss is about.

Don't see it if you are not down with the Shakespeare in the Park experience.

Also Overall, I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The Trump con... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Must see, Politicial, Clever, Intense

See it if you are interested in current political news and, of course, if you enjoy seeing live theater in the beautiful surroundings of The Delacorte

Don't see it if you don't like plays with violence...

78
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Must see, Profound

See it if you can obtain a ticket at this late date. A rare treat from the company that reinvented Shakespeare, this production comes close to reality

Don't see it if you are a die-heart Republican or swear that Trump will save the country.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you want to see Julius Caesar presented in a smart, relatable way

Don't see it if If you're a Trump supporter

Also I was there the Friday night when the protests took place. It was love... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Disappointing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy making Shakespeare exceptionally relevant to today. Also if you like clever send-ups of Trump & Melania.

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare to be thoroughly explored. And all the actors to understand what they are saying and not just playing "glib".

Also I thought that the concept was exceptionally clever, but I felt like t... Read more Read less

67
Political, Uneven, Funny

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.

68
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you like like modernized versions of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you don't like Trump being lampooned.

75
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant

See it if Well-done despite stunt/trump casting brouhaha and annoying hecklers at the production we saw on 6/16. Corey Stoll very good as Brutus.

Don't see it if Bring a seat cushion. Over two hours and no intermission.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you generally enjoy SITP and, well-acted and well-spoken lively updated interpretations of classics.

Don't see it if you don't like modernized versions of Shakespeare plays, or Shakespeare in the Park.

65
Epic, Indulgent, Relevant, Fascinating, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an updated take on Caesar taking current headlines as its basis.Some terrific cast members who make the darker elements work

Don't see it if you don't want to see Caesar as Trump, or to watch the play feel like an extended SNL skit. Never boring and ambitious take but odd to watch

Also a big gamble on this very ambitious take with Caesar as Trump and whil... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if You are openminded about seeing classic Shakespeare set in modern times.

Don't see it if You are unable to contextualize.

85
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Uncomfortable

See it if You want to see a modern and relevant take on Julius Caesar that challenges your political opinions

Don't see it if If are overwhelmed by the political climate and don't want it to bleed into your theater experience

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy fresh takes on classic works; you want to think critically about our current world and how politics never seem to change

Don't see it if you do not want to mix politics and performance; you need a production that feels constantly active

88
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you love seeing a Shakespeare that accessible. And if you love seeing the past reflected in the present.

Don't see it if you dislike any Shakespeare that is updated or cast in a novel way.

77
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if you have any interest in current events, certainly, or, better yet, you aren't much of a Shakespeare person but are open to seeing it fresh.

Don't see it if you can't see the forest for the trees or don't understand the concept of a parable. You want to stay as far from politics as possible.

75
Problematic, Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You want to see the hottest ticket in New York, and you watch the news each day with growing dread.

Don't see it if If you're a die-hard partisan of either side of the aisle.

Also This Caesar is much more nuanced than the coverage it received, but co... Read more Read less

88
Quirky, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if A modern version of Trump-like Julius Caesar set for today's times. Well performed and staged.

Don't see it if Modernized Shakespeare. A little too literal would prefer to make connections myself.


June 12th, 2017
"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 whi...
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June 12th, 2017
"The play is not an endorsement of violence; it’s a cautionary tale about its risks...Although the cast delivers Shakespeare’s verse with remarkable lucidity, the characters are secondary; the focus of this production is on political, not personal, tragedy, and it offers a dark vision of the rise...
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June 12th, 2017
"We get the idea immediately, and since it doesn’t go anywhere particularly interesting after that we just as quickly lose interest. Its would-be provocative central conceit notwithstanding, this is a bland, unevenly acted production of Shakespeare’s play whose main virtues are its fast pace and ...
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June 12th, 2017
"This staging is far less interested in exploring the psychology of Caesar (or Trump) than it is in examining the inner workings of democracy...Bringing these complicated themes to the public for free is a worthwhile cause...Although the Public’s version isn’t perfect, it’s a worthy attempt to br...
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