The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1873 Tuesday, 2 November 1999.
Date: Monday, 01 Nov 1999 15:15:27 -0500
Subject: Rochester Julius Caesar
The Rochester [NY] Shakespeare Players have opened "Julius Caesar,"
which will run the next three weekends. The play is in modern dress,
linking-sometimes rather too obviously-the assassinations of Caesar and
JFK (conspiracy theories galore) and the Roman civil war and Viet Nam.
The set is a classroom, probably junior high school; the calendar on the
wall is November, 1963. There are a lot of women in cast, probably
reflecting who showed up for auditions. Some of them work well enough;
doubling Portia and Octavius doesn't. Cinna is played by and as a woman,
who has a romance going with Cassius. The Brutus is pretty good, the
rest so-so. However, as one friend said, the production caused the play
to make more sense than when she read it in high school.