"Sprint is an apt term here, for the production lasts just over two hours as the players engage in Mamet-like dialogue, rat-a-tat-tatting the rhetoric that is the central theme to this play. However, rather than being a play about words, words, words, this ASC cast gives us a drama of conflicting personalities—sometimes within the same character—and a political thriller that, even though we know the outcome so well, plays with a Game of Thrones urgency."
"At the center is not the titular character...but the interplay and innerplay of Brutus and Cassius, played respectively by René Thornton, Jr. and Sarah Fallon. These two actors have now been paired a dozen times as "lovers" on the Blackfriars stage...Pitting Fallon and Thornton opposite each other as the hot-headed Cassius and ultrahonorable Brutus is the closest ASC comes to stunt casting, and it achieves breathtaking results...heart-pounding theater with these two actors not only emoting Shakespeare's verses from the deepest roots of their characters' personalities but also working in the fluid rhythm that comes from their long, trusting professional relationship on the stage."
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By Eric Minton. Posted at Shakespeareances.com, 1.12.2012.
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