Julius Caesar | Ingraham Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 9 2012
The clouds got more and more threatening as I watched this outdoor production by Muse of Fire Theatre Company—which was appropriate, inasmuch as Shakespeare's toga tragedy is famous for depicting apocalyptically bad weather, including a rain of fire. But a real-life severe-storm warning ended the show at the 90-minute mark, just as big-voiced Ryan Swikle was delivering the funeral oration that starts, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." What I'd seen up till then was a mixed bag, with bold but not always successful choices from director Jemma Alix Levy. Her approach to Caesar's assassination, in particular, is as problematic as it is interesting. Still, the staging looked competent overall, and the play itself offers as good an illustration as you'll ever see of how many small miscalculations can yield an epic disaster. I'd like to have seen how it turned out. —Tony Adler



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