After watching an excerpt of “Julius Caesar” on television, a 14-year Filipino boy locks himself in the only family bathroom to dive head-first into the world of ancient Rome. More…
The boy is determined to make sense of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. His father, a former town mayor now exiled because of his democratic beliefs, joins his son in the bathroom. Using his own political experience, a father helps his son understand Caesar’s story, and real-life lessons about power, life, and loss.
See it if you love WS's great JC speeches (you'll hear a lot). Actor has lg conversation as father & son. Requires concentration. Gr acting/directing
Don't see it if you want lite fare instead of insights into the perils of revolution. Not all JC interpretn makes sense. Family history hard to follow.
See it if Pabotoy's autobiographical solo drama about self discovery/identity thru Shakespearean tragedy Both cagey & confessional, he's charismatic
Don't see it if A classic father/son dynamic is mashed up w/Julius Ceasar, Filipino politics of the '80's & cultural displacement never coming together
See it if you like 1-person shows about father-son relationships, learning from Shakespeare, Asian culture, dynamo acting and splendid stage effects
Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, some multi-lingual dialogue, not a fan of Shakespeare in particular Julius Caesar, don't like paying attention
See it if Playing father, son, and numerous characters, closely parsing Shakespeare’s J Caesar shows much about relationships, friendship, personhood.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a short, one-man play. You want a focused, clear, and easy to follow plot.
See it if you value close reading, perspectives on immigration/displacement; tired of JuliusC produced in reaction to unfavorable leaders du jour
Don't see it if unimpressed by shows w/ fewer than 3 actors, are bothered by Shakespeare spoken w/ an accent (not British)
See it if you are interested in a moving, fostering father-son relationship: great, caring father in spite of many hardships! Superb acting!!
Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows or can't handle too much Shakespeare
See it if You want to experience a play that is generous in spirit, featuring a superb craftsman.
Don't see it if If you're a cynic or a purist.
Also Mr. Patoboy is an incredible performer.
See it if you are interested in the Filipino-American experience, or the relationships of fathers & sons, or the mystery of what inspires the young.
Don't see it if you do not like solo shows, or do not want to sit through big chunks of recited "Julius Caesar."