"Julius Caesar" (Muse of Fire): Volkers *IS* Brutus!

"Julius Caesar" (Muse of Fire):  Volkers *IS* Brutus!

“Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my
cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me
for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that
you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and
awake your senses, that you may the better judge.”
                                                                                -Brutus

#155. Political rhetoric isn’t new to this era. There have always been charismatic speakers that can sway the masses. Some are motivated by greed, ambition, corruption or a combination of these. And others struggle to be honorable. They want to do the right thing for the greater good.

Muse of Fire Theatre presents Julius Caesar. Rome’s favorite hero is beloved. Julius Caesar is the celebrated conqueror. He rules…literally! Through his conquests, Caesar has gradually shifted the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. And he has assumed the role of dictator. The Roman Senate believes Caesar must be stopped…permanently. Although the Senators have different reasons to attack the tyranny, they fall in line behind the honorable Brutus. The play’s title is Julius Caesar but this is really Brutus’ story. He is a pensive man trying to lead with integrity… even if he has to kill a friend to do it. So Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I’ve come to praise Caesar, not bury it.

Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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