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Old 06-12-2017, 03:30 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Default Trump as Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Just when I had stopped missing NYC I had to be reminded of Shakespeare in the Park: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/t...p.html?mcubz=2

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Old 06-12-2017, 05:22 AM
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Had Shakespeare written a tragedy about Benito Mussolini, I'd more readily see Trump filling those shoes. Caesar obviously did more than just end the republic.
Make America great again!, as the saying goes.
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:40 AM
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I don't know how anyone in their right mind could equate Trump with Shakespeare's Caesar (let alone the actual Caesar). Trump is in no way a tragic figure, whereas Julius Caesar's characterization portrays him as a victim -- someone who was adored by almost all of the people, but was feared by senators who wanted to cling to (and most assuredly abuse) power. I recognize that there's a fine line between an "interpretation" of a work and a "misreading," but this production sounds uncomfortably close to the latter, in my view...
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:57 AM
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Yes, the reviewer acknowledges, I think, that, after the catharsis of seeing Trump/Caesar assassinated, the production loses relevance.
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:16 AM
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Next, I suppose, the Republicans will try to shut down a production of The Caine Mutiny.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:33 PM
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I do think it was a bit much, however, when they changed Caesar's last words to "Et tu, Jared?"
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