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Last weekend the writer Mark Hertsgaard came to the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater for a post-show discussion on what Julius Caesar and current American politics might have in common. I didn't go, but putting Caesar on this month certainly raises the…
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Julius Caesar

Alfredo Fidani has directed a stylish idea of Julius Caesar, set in a mob-infested Rome of 1935, where Brutus and Cassius and Caesar himself all wear pinstripes and broad-brimmed hats, and where strains of Italian opera or a melancholy accordion…
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Most Bourgeois Radical Group

These Trots have more fronts than Julius Caesar had knife wounds: Out of their office at Mission and 21st they run an International Action Center, a National People's Campaign, and a bunch of other stuff depending on what's hot and…
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Off the Marc

Antony and Cleopatra is an unwieldy, not-great sequel to the great Julius Caesar. That it's nearly as long as the poet's most important plays without being as easy to produce makes it a rare relic in Shakespeare's cupboard to see…
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Lighten Up

The first thing you notice about the California Shakespeare Festival's production of Julius Caesar is the set (by Richard Olmstead) and the contemporary billboard of the conqueror looming above the stage: His head is literally in the clouds as he…
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