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Another Caesar New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Mon., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 13 2010

At an Austrian girls' school in 1938, students, faculty, and some visiting Nazis mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar while, backstage, they enact a plot similar to that of the play. The Caesar figure is a charismatic professor who's risen in Hitler's ranks, and the conspirators itching to bring him down include his conscientious, Brutus-like daughter and a klatch of nasty schoolgirls who seem to have escaped from Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Unbeknownst to them, the professor has hatched a plot of his own to assassinate the Fuhrer. Joe Lehman's script conveys a sense of pervasive moral murk, but it's also schematic, longwinded, and contrived. Inconceivable Theatre's crisply acted production helps--especially Nika Ericson as the bad-for-no-reason Cassius equivalent. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$12

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