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Sesar

From 11 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Riveting

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. 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.


Member Reviews (11)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Riveting
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Avg Score

75
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.

75
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

92
Startling, rich, revelatory, remarkable, exquisite performing & writing

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

79
Entertaining, Engaging, Creative use of set pieces, Ambitious and intense acting

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.

90
Resonant, Great writing, Riveting, Fresh, Funny

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)

Also So glad I caught this! Pabotoy's fresh script & engaging performance h... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Amazing acting, Relevant, Moving

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

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like Julius Caesar or great acting or well-staged productions or touching family stories.

Don't see it if you don't like all of the above.

90
Great acting, Masterful, Must see

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.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in Shakespeare, immigrant stories, or Orlando Pabotoy (and you should be)

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows

100
Ambitious, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if You want to be floored by an intensely impressive performance.

Don't see it if SEE IT

During previews
86
Affecting, Solo, Late-blooming, Human

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."

Also In this solo show Orlando Pabotoy presents the story of his adolescent... Read more Read less


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, ...
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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 ach...
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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...
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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...Portra...
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