The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
It was a perfectly warm night at Theatricum Botanicum. Located on a top of the Topanga Hills, people brought their basket of goodies accompanied by the smoothness of Chardonnay or the down home taste of Heineken beer. On stage, the Senate huddles together to strategize the execution of their fearless leader. The audience immediately put down their warm paninis and cool drinks to focus their attention unto the magnanimous Julius Caesar (Carl Palmer). The Senate acts as if everything is okay in the world, when he’s around. The minute Caesar leaves, the Senate gets dirty. Ironically, the mighty Emperor confides in Marcus Brutus (Mike Peebler). Not a good political move but it’s not like the Emperor knew his long life friend would later be a part of the group out to get him.
If Julius had to choose a permanent confidante, my vote goes to Marc Antony, who tried to warn Caesar of the plot but was intercepted by the Senate. At this point, Antony is not caught up in the seduction of Queen Cleopatra, so nothing can distract him. But that’s another Shakespearian story. Anyways, Caesar lets Brutus in that the Senate is conspiring to kill him. Meanwhile, Caius Cassius, the master mind behind the assassination, also convinces Brutus in join the murder. He refuses.
Caesar has grown cockier in his older years. He believes his own press about being the greatest leader. Meanwhile, looming over the air is his murder will soon take place. Cassius takes over the Senate and he convinces Brutus to join.
The corruption is as thick and muddled as smog in L.A. on a bad day. Ellen Geer directed on what could possible be one of the best productions of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Everything from the costumes, by Val Miller to the fight scenes, choreographed by Stuart Rogers screams award-winning. It’s a perfect night having your significant other, or family so the kids can learn history while having fun, good food and wine while enjoying a great, exciting show.