Ruthless, Fascinating Caligula Reigns at the Greenhouse Theater
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The last date listed for Caligula was Sunday July 7, 2013 / 3:00pm.
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This is a brilliant, impossible play. Nearly every line has two or three levels of meaning, if not multiple ironies, and the writing is mordantly, almost savagely funny while doing full justice to the atrocity of the subject. Unfortunately, such wit and profundity would require actors with equal mental acuity, range, depth, and technique, and modern American actors possess none of this. The performances here were one or two dimensional--well meaning, and the troupe should get commendation for attempting such a difficult play--and entirely inadequate to the task. The staging was fairly inventive and successful, as was the incidental music. Line readings of sufficient brilliance and depth for this poetry would require an entire cast full of the likes of Judi Dench, sad to say. Great play, though.
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Very interesting production. The music and the austere choreography worked well to establish the mood. Camu's take on Caligula's paradoxical take on being an absolute power yet actually not having any power, presumably brought on by the death of...continued