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Breakneck Julius Caesar



What Tim Mooney does with Breakneck Julius Caesar is an excellent fit for the fringe. Theatre wouldn’t be what it is without the work of William Shakespeare, but most of The Bard’s scripts are a little too unwieldy for a short-form festival. That’s what makes Mooney’s adaptation of Julius Caesar so great. He tells the brunt of the story within an hour, in a one-man display of dramatic prowess. Mooney shows a great command of the original text by delivering lines with appropriate emotional weight, but he also shows a smart willingness to alter the flow by breaking the fourth wall with real time commentary that criticizes the story’s details through a modern lens. It also keeps the show moving. Mooney helps the audience follow the action in intelligent ways too: he uses precise arrangements of a scarf in his costume to indicate which senator or tributary is speaking. When he reinforces that with acting and vocal shifts, he distinguishes each character clearly. His production also casts the audience as ancient Rome’s gallery to shout mob-like lines when they appear on screen. That tool keeps the audience invested and helps cut through the period jargon, making for a Shakespeare production that’s well worth seeing. Reviewed by Kevin Pennyfeather.


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