Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Julius Caesar - A Review

Julius Caesar. Guthrie Theater. Minneapolis, MN

This modern spin on a classic political thriller makes you think. Not much in human nature has changed since 44 BC. We think we have evolved...but have we? More than ever...leaders, executives, and people in power are being brought down by many times the very people they trust.

The Guthrie Theater teamed up with The Acting Company and created an action packed, drama filled, twenty-first century Julius Caesar. It was awesome to watch people in suits spouting Shakespeare. Sometimes it is difficult for me to watch Shakespeare (only because I am trying so hard to understand each word) but not this time. From the hippies protesting in the street, the screens with all the modern day news and the hip, hop music...I loved this contemporary Julius Caesar.

This play is shown in the Dowling Studio, the most intimate space at the Guthrie. It is all black which really allows you to focus on the actors and scenes. The play comes alive solely on the actors ability to engage you. This group of up and coming actors, directed by Rob Melrose did an incredible job of keeping me on the edge of my seat.

A quote from Joe Dowling in regards to the Dowling Studio: "Young people are the lifeblood of a vibrant theater. In our new studio space, the Guthrie will play an important role in developing a new body of American artists." 


Julius Caesar is showing through this Sunday, February 5. 


Make it a date night and enjoy! 

10 comments:

  1. I think that's what makes Shakespeare SO great- the tales he told are timeless. You can tell the same story again and again in different settings and it still rings true. Because they are about the most basic of human emotions and struggles.

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    1. You're right and I have never thought of that. So true.

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  2. Your review made me wish I lived in MN so I could go to the Guthrie Theater to see this play.

    I have attended the Shakespeare Festival on the Hudson in NY for many years and love their modern takes on the Bard. It is interesting to see that how much things change, they do remain the same.
    Arleen

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    1. Arleen, it was really good. So true about as much as we think things are changing...they do really stay the same.

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  3. Julius Caesar is still alive in the History. I love watching this kind of story in the theater

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    1. Me too. The actors blow me away...such a gift.

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  4. Thanks for the fab review!! I think Shakespeare's plays are so timeless, they translate themselves to whatever time period they are set in! Take care
    x

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    1. Thank you!! That is truly amazing about Shakespeare. This has been such a year of growth for me and I have a whole new appreciation.

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  5. I sometimes have trouble with modernized versions of Shakespeare's plays, but if the actors do their job well enough then it can work. They've made a modernized movie version of Coriolanus too and I'll probably check it out to see how they handled it. I'm a bit of a Shakespeare nut. His language woos my brain like few others. :)

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    1. That is awesome, LG. I so love listening too...I think sometimes I try to hard though to hang onto every word. I am learning to just relax with it and then I understand so much more. These Blogger nights at the theater have been an amazing experience.

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