(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/10.)

A woman’s touch has not softened the hard and mighty “Julius Caesar.” On the contrary, the gripping, all-female, London-born production that opened on Wednesday night at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn has a muscular strength and ferocity guaranteed to keep everyone in the theater in sustained fight-or-flight mode.

The women playing men here seem poised to challenge the entire audience to put up its dukes — and perhaps to pull out contraband switchblades. For as biologically inapt as it may sound, this interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s most manly tragedies, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, generates a higher testosterone level than any I have seen.


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