Caesura: A Butchery | RBP Rorschach | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Caesura: A Butchery Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Oct. 5-6 and Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 5 2011

Inasmuch as its birth involved a lot of cutting and sewing, this account of Julius Caesar's assassination should probably be called Cesarean. The Plagiarists have supplemented the first three acts of Shakespeare's tragedy on the subject with doom-and-gloom passages from works by T.S. Eliot, Voltaire, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and others--most of them delivered by three unkempt women stalking the periphery of the stage like a Greek chorus or Macbeth's weird sisters, who are also quoted. Director Jack Dugan Carpenter gives the story an apocalyptic slant, but at the expense of the momentum and muscularity of Shakespeare's original. The show unintentionally reinforces the Bard's dramatic instincts at every turn. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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