Julius Caesar

Et tu? Continuity gets killed along with Caesar.

Kyle Haden is an appealing Brutus and gives the character an appropriate gravitas, though he could have been more expressive. In the relatively minor role of Casca, Sean Tarrant dominates every scene he's in. I like Geoffrey Kent's punky, hot-headed Octavius, and Sarah Fallon is touching as Brutus's wife, Portia. Julia Motyka plays one of the conspirators with glittery-eyed malevolence that compels attention — but I've no idea what it means.

Richard Thieriot and Bob Buckley find blood will tell in Julius Caesar.
Richard Thieriot and Bob Buckley find blood will tell in Julius Caesar.

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Presented by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival through August 18, Mary Rippon Theatre, University of Colorado at Boulder, 303-492-0554, www.coloradoshakes.org.

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Even though large segments of this production left me cold and others struck me as risible, it's nice to see a director taking risks, thinking and feeling her way through the text and working to make it her own.

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