Julius Caesar | Writers Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Madrid St. Angelo

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2016
Price: $50-$80
Cell phones are already the bane of theater house managers' existence, but they're increasingly causing headaches for directors and adapters, too. Take the self-inflicted ones in this one-act Julius Caesar at Writers Theatre. Interspersed with the eulogy for Caesar given by Marc Antony (Thomas Vincent Kelly, projecting some humanity in an otherwise scowling/stoic universe), Romans incite action via their thumbs: "#Revenge" "#OccupyRome" "#MakeRomeGreatAgain!" Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson's production takes such broad swings at technological and political salience that it becomes a choose-your-own-allegory affair. Operatic blocking and brutalist scenic design inspire at least one truly stunning Fritz Lang-style image; the rest of the time, the charcoal costumes and set of massive gray slabs of concrete serve as unfortunate visual reminders of the action, which is lumbering even at just 100 minutes. —Dan Jakes



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