|photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp|
Until last night, I had just seen Julius Caesar performed once. It was back in my senior year in high school, a class trip to Princeton University. That production was a traditional staging and very well done, as I recall, and I always prefer a period staging of Shakespeare rather than an updating to more modern times.
The new Guthrie Theater production, in association with the Acting Company, updates the story to present day. It takes a little time to get used to seeing Caesar and his assassins in business suits, some rap music in the background, the protestors looking very current (even an "Occupy Rome!" sign), but somehow it all works. The acting is top-notch, of course, especially Will Sturdivant as Brutus. Brutus is always the star of this play, you know. Or maybe you didn't know.