Closed 1h 30m
Midtown W

Sesar NYC Reviews and Tickets

(11 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging

About the Show

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.

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Great acting, Great staging, Strong visuals, Attention fatigue

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.

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

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

Critic Reviews (5)

October 25th, 2018

“This is the rare piece that could stand to be longer, allowing Pabotoy to tease out the details of his extraordinary, tumultuous childhood and the influence that dramatic literature played in it. A couple of bits, including a detour, could profitably be trimmed...Still, it is a heartfelt piece, a gallant tribute to a remarkably loving parent, and it clearly left many in the audience deeply moved...At the moment, it is a sweet offering; with a little more thought and detail, it could be much more.”
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October 26th, 2018

"Opening with a furious recreation of a storm and closing with an enchanting visual surprise, it’s 65 theatrical and emotionally resonant minutes taking place in the bathroom...In addition to depicting the universality of father and son conflicts, the play also explores the theme of the proud achiever humbled and soldiering on...Feldman’s consummate staging combines guiding Pabotoy’s performance with the technical elements into a stimulating production."
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October 24th, 2018

“A solo performance can be memorizing...Orlando Pabotoy has the range to provide this experience, possessing an aptitude for vivid storytelling...His script for Sesar remains gauzy; not quite pulling together the threads of his tale into a solid piece. But even at this stage of development, it is an entertaining and enlightening piece told from a unique vantage point...Feldman’s direction is unnecessarily frenetic, detracting from Pabotoy’s natural ability."
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October 25th, 2018

"Taut and lively solo show...In this politically and autobiographically tinged tale of a boy and his father, Pabotoy, with a big assist from Shakespeare, explores what it means to be a friend, a Roman, a countryman, and an immigrant, invoking the past while finding a way to rise above it...Portraying both father and son, as well as a variety of characters, Pabotoy displays impressive linguistic and physical skills...A production full of lessons, both specific and universal."
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October 26th, 2018

"The piece all solo shows want to be when they grow up...Pabotoy gifts us with a mature, original text brought to life by a consummate performer who conjures entire worlds with elements as simple as a shower curtain, umbrella or toilet plunger. He is a physical theater genius...It’s a production that shows you the potential of the one-person genre and how you can burst out of the 'restrictions' of the form...A great, inspirational work...Innovative, life affirming, and artistically brilliant."
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