Opera, Plays, Politics and Knives
(BROADWAY MAGAZINE) With politics in the air, it seems interesting that the theatrical-historical characters appearing in multiple forms across several stages in January in New York City are Julius Caesar and his crew. Et Tu Broadway? Here’s the run down:
Caesar and Cleopatra by Bernard Shaw produced by Resonance Ensemble. The classic Shaw offers his trademark wit and wisdom, but this production offers something no other production has had…the hand of Eric Overmeyer. Mr. Overmeyer is one of a handful of American playwrights who could well be called Shavian. Overmeyer has the ability to balance the epic and human, matching Shaw’s vision, wit, and insight. If you haven’t experienced the Resonance Ensemble, this is a fine time. Shaw’s brilliant play, adapted by Overmeyer.
23 Knives is an original commission from Resonance Ensemble, the new work is inspired by Julius Caesar, and is written by Christopher Boal . This one takes place after Julius Caesar has been assassinated. Resonance Ensemble will begin their repertory season on January 11.
Antony and Cleopatra by Samuel Barber will be in concert at Carnegie Hall for two nights only on January 15 and January 16. Barber’s outstanding work will benefit from the captivating Lauren Flanigan as Cleopatra and Teddy Tahu Rhodes will sing Antony. Tickets start at $25…at Carnegie Hall! Thank you, City Opera and Carnegie Hall.
Julius Caesar by William Shaksepare comes to the Kirk Theatre in New York starting in April. Tickets are currently available for friends, Romans, and countrymen. Theater Breaking Through Barriers produces and sets the play in modern times, with designer suits and military dress.
Best of luck to all productions. Check your knives at the door.
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