More on Julius Caesar

I wrote some notes on the way home yet they didn't make it here. Since I've just run across them, I'd thought I'd include them.

One of the things I though was really well done was the relationship between Brutus and Cassius. In other productions I've seen, I've never felt that Cassius sees Brutus as anything more as a means to an end, which makes the camp scene deeply problematic. But here from the get go, I was able to see Cassius' underlying respect and could easily believe that as things turn against them he'd forge a deeper bond. His grief over Portia's death felt genuine.

I also fully felt Brutus' tragedy, especially when his strategies prove not as sound as he believed them to be. The strongest point was his oration to the crowd. For once I believed why he'd be considered crucial to the success of Caesar's elimination.

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Roger Green said…
I'll have to ask my wife about the particulars, but she took some of her HS students to see an hour-long version of this production of Julius Caesar: http://www.proctors.org/events/760
It was a 10 a.m. show. She enjoyed it, and she thinks most of her ESL students did as well.