Breakneck Julius Caesar
Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre
Amid the latest swirl of controversy surrounding Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Tim Mooney, author/performer of Shakespeare's Histories, Lot o' Shakespeare, and Breakneck Hamlet brings Breakneck Julius Caesar to Kansas City!
In light of the Trump-inspired version of “Caesar” drawing a firestorm of attention in New York, Mooney notes, “I’ve never seen so much attention to a single Shakespeare play in my lifetime!” And yet, much of the New York controversy is largely misguided: “Caesar’s killing is actually considered a bad thing, and if the protestors hung around through the fifth act, they might see the conspiring assassins get their come-uppance!”
Mooney’s snarky, shortened version of “Caesar” gives a wide-lens view of the play, showing the “forest” rather than the individual “trees,” in a one-man, one-hour romp that the Orlando Weekly calls “electrifying edutainment,” while the Orlando Sentinel commends: “His depth of knowledge makes him the perfect guide for this Elizabethan journey, which is enjoyable for ‘literary dorks’ and ‘Shakespeare virgins’ alike.”
The audience itself participates as conspirators and crowds torn between Antony, Caesar and Brutus, most notably with what that crown jewel of reverse psychology, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen.” After that, the last two acts unwind from the world’s most famous assassination to an ironic perspective with a surprise (hilarious) ending that they just don’t teach in high school!