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Denzel in Julius Caesar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0626  Tuesday, 5 April 2005

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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Apr 2005 12:35:50 -0400
        Subj:   Denzel in Julius Caesar

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        Date:   Monday, 4 Apr 2005 14:36:57 -0400
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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 3 Apr 2005 12:35:50 -0400
Subject:        Denzel in Julius Caesar

The New York Times
April 3, 2005
They Come to Praise Brutus
By SUSAN DOMINUS

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/theater/newsandfeatures/03domi.html?

DURING his working vacation away from Hollywood, Denzel Washington may
be willing to go without the luxury trailer, but the bodyguard stays: a
very large bearded man leads the way to the small room in the Belasco
Theater where Mr. Washington, in a long-sleeved T-shirt and jeans, is
relaxing before afternoon rehearsal for "Julius Caesar." The show is
still in previews, but in the corner, there's already a bin full of
letters from fans who have seen the show; the theater had to hire extra
security to handle the mob that waits for him each night after the
curtain falls.

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Date:           Monday, 4 Apr 2005 14:36:57 -0400
Subject:        A Big-Name Brutus in a Caldron of Chaos

http://nytimes.com/2005/04/04/theater/reviews/04caes.html

April 4, 2005
A Big-Name Brutus in a Caldron of Chaos
By BEN BRANTLEY

Those cruel forces of history known as the dogs of war are on a rampage
at the Belasco Theater, where a carnage-happy new production of
Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" opened last night. Dripping blood and
breathing smoke, these specters of martial havoc are chewing up and
spitting out everything in their path: friends, Romans, countrymen,
blank verse, emotional credibility, a man who would be king and even the
noblest movie star of them all, he whom the masses call Denzel.

That's Denzel Washington, the two-time Academy Award winner and the
reason that theatergoers are now lining up for a play that hasn't drawn
such crowds in New York since Al Pacino gnawed his way through Mark
Antony's funeral oration at the Public Theater 17 years ago. Mr.
Washington has taken on the quieter but meatier role of Brutus.

As the most important passenger on Daniel Sullivan's fast, bumpy ride of
a production, Mr. Washington does not embarrass himself, as leading
citizens of Hollywood have been known to do on Broadway. But even
brilliantined in the glow of his inescapable fame, he can't help getting
lost amid the wandering, mismatched crowd and the heavy topical
artillery that have been assembled here.

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