AWAKE YOUR SENSES!
Babes With Blades Theatre Company reprises our popular all female-cast format to present Shakespeare’s tale of love, loyalty, and betrayal. As classical simplicity meets modern ambiguity – when the honorable path is clouded by conspiracy – how do you choose where to stand?
“The close quarters of the Raven Theatre’s studio space puts the action near enough for the energy emanating from the stage (cleverly intensified by director Wyatt Kent’s device of having the characters address us as they would the Roman populace) to spark an emotional response in the audience…. The actors themselves also generate excitement through meticulously crafted phrasing and delivery….” Windy City Times
At the Raven Theatre, West Stage
6157 N. Clark St., Chicago
(Lot parking / easy street parking)
“You think you’ve seen Julius Caesar? Think again.” ChooseChicago.com
“Once upon a time I went to a show and it was called Julius Caesar. This was not any old Julius Caesar. If you are a girl, like I am, you are about to have a really awesome thing happen. This Julius Caesar was ALL GIRLS! (I’m waiting for your applause.) Also, boys, if you are excited, I am happy for you. ” Ada Grey Reviews for You
3/9 – 4/20/13
Previews 3/9 8:00, 3/10 3:30, 3/15 8:00, 3/16 8:00, 3/17 3:30
Opening M 3/18, 8:00
Run Th-Sa 8:00, Su 3:30
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“…Chock full of babes with blades. What else do you need? For the thrifty and homegirl appeal… you can’t beat the Babes With Blades’ production of Julius Caesar.” Chicago Theater Beat
Director: Wyatt Kent
Violence Design: Libby Beyreis*
CAST: Diana Coates (Antony), Alison Dornheggen* (Casca), Catherine Dvorak (Trebonius), Ashley Fox (Lucius), Kim Fukawa* (Portia), Sara Gorsky (Cassius), Kimberly Logan* (Brutus), Kalina “Kitten” McCreery (Metellus), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (Cinna), Aila Peck (Calphurnia), Maureen Yasko (Caesar)
STAFF: Leigh Barrett* (Lighting Design), Leigh Barrett* & Amy E. Harmon* (Production Managers), David Blixt (Dramaturgy), Kjerstine Humiston* (Stage Manager), Kimberly Morris (Costume Design), Grant Sabin (Scenic Design), Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Design)
“Coates’s Anthony is one of the wiliest I’ve ever seen…. Coates rage, tempered to steely revenge is terrifying to behold (in the best way possible) and we almost expect her to heavily tread heavily upon her enemies corpses whilst she sings their praises. More laurels are to be offered to the more moderate, though no less skilled, performances of Logan and Gorsky. They make good use of the wells of reflection Shakespeare and Kent offer them, and each possesses excellent control over the heightened speech.” Chicago Theatre Review
“With a total budget no doubt less than what Chicago Shakespeare Theater pays its Artistic Director every month, Babes With Blades Theatre Company has created a production of Julius Caesar that is on balance equal to Chicago Shakespeare’s recent production of the same play. With fantastic fight choreography, an enchanting ensemble, and the praiseworthy performances of Maureen Yasko and Kimberly Logan, the Babes With Blades’s Julius Caesar rules.” Chicago Stage Review