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JULIUS CAESAR

Peace? Дa!

Julijus Lozoraitis

2012-09-18

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The actors – Tomas Rinkūnas, Tomas Kliukas, Tomas Stirna, Daumantas Ciunis, Tadas Gryn and Paulius Ignatavičius – are amazing. They are interesting to watch, intelligent and reasoning, plastic, ironic, equilibristic, musical, resourceful, playful, and great improvisers with a great feel for the genre and the partner.

They portray Roman senators – Cascus, Brutus, Cassius, Antonius, Caesar and Octavius – as present day politicians, who demonstrate ape-like behavior, relations and rituals, covered by the shell of respectability.

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But Areima would not be Areima if he didn’t reveal his directorial mastery, which is done with the help of the talented Paulius Ignatavičius, who illustrates the whole show with his electric guitar and (what a scenic discovery!) even modifies it, in the end becoming the essential alpha male, mercilessly f**king everyone around him.

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So what? Well, the fact that this Areima “performance” has taken our theatrical culture and theatrical idea, as well as our higher theatrical education, whose representatives loyally and benevolently watched that night the apotheosis of their pedagogical effort, to a new era.

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If this “product” of Areima’s work had been shown in some other place than the elite OKT hall, a theatrical space with a history of glory, say in some square on the scaffolding, with the crowd groaning and prudes fainting. If the code of the performance rang across the society as a motto of a lost infantile generation… Then we might be able to happily announce the birth of a political theatre.

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