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So I got to see trillian_stars be Brutus in Julius Caesar last week at Boy Latin and it was spectacular. It's one of those Shakespeare plays that nobody ever seems to do (I don't really need to see Midsummernight's Dream again) but it's just packed with awesome. I now know where "the fault in our stars" comes from and "Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of war!" -- which is a great line. Aaaaand, I always thought that "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him," meant that Antony was, you know, angry and Caesar and was going to kill him -- but now I know that's not what happens. It's a great play filled with noble & ignoble people and beautiful language and Cassius -- hey, I was persuaded.
Brutus is actually a really good guy (I didn't know). Brutus doesn't just kill Caesar, Brutus kills just about everybody. He's a fierce warrior, and, really truthful and trustworthy. When he explains why he stabbed his good friend to death, it all makes even more sense and you end up feeling really sympathetic -- or at least it did when Trillian did it. She makes a really wonderful Brutus. I have a super awesome wife.
Clickenzee to Embiggen!
I'm live-updating my progress in tomorrow's race on Facebook. If you want to follow or whatnot, you can friend me there. I'll probably do a re-cap later in the week and then hopefully I'll shut up about sports/fitness for a while. It's been a long time since October 1 when I joined the gym and got on the rowing machine for the first time and was so beat up by it that I couldn't lift my leg high enough to climb into the tub to soak my wounded body.
If you're going to be along the course of the Broad Street Run tomorrow, let me know where you'll be sitting and I'll try and be on your side of the street for the waving and whatnots. The exciting thing is my leg may just snap in half and you'll get to see the agony on my face as I limp by.
Today was my mother's birthday and what do you think she wanted for her birthday? We all went on a picnic & then watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon -- which is about as awesome a birthday as I'd ever want for myself.
Anyhoo. I'm going to bed in half an hour. See you tomorrow.
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Today is my mother's birthday too. And we also have the same wedding anniversary. Weird.
Which reminds me, happy almost wedding anniversary. :)
One of my favorite lines: "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous."
And it makes such great sense too, that Caesar only wants fat, content people in subordinate positions ... The language & the insight into the human mind was wonderful.
You do have a super awesome wife. And I'm just sorry I'm too far away to see the performance - it sounds excellent! Julius Caesar was my first major introduction to Shakespeare in English classes, and it is a shame that it doesn't get more play.
I always feel sorry for poor Brutus.
I just found this random, bad poem I wrote for a rhetoric class:
The naive conspirators, one dark day,
Plotted assassination to change Rome's course,
For the wont of freedom, or so they say,
Created a need because Caesar's force
Bred absolute rule. Return'd from the front,
Caesar tasked to chance the Ides of March,
Cassius approached Brutus in hunt
To sway the man to conspiracy's arch.
The decision weighed heavy on the much-
Loved soldier, with reservations he
Chose the populace; the reign seen as such
Tyranny from Caesar would ended be.
Alas, the path of a nation cannot diverge;
"Et tu, Brute" became the result of this dirge.
Julius Caesar was the first Shakespeare play that I ever really understood down to the bone (Thank you, Sister Bernard, sixth grade, St. Patrick's Elementary!). And it has always remained one of my favorites.
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When my best friend turned 40 I took her to a revival house showing of Creature From the Black Lagoon--in 3-D! It was marvelous. She's been gone a lot of years now, but I have a fond spot for Creature.
Reminds me of one of the first time I'd ever seen a genuinely bad Shakespearean performance from an otherwise good actor. It was a film they'd made of _Julius Caesar_, with Gielgud as Caesar, Charlton Heston as Marc Anthony, and Diana Rigg and Christopher Lee, and the production was low-budget but effective.
The black spot was Jason Robards. As Brutus. You'd never have believed that Robards was one of the best actors of his time after seeing him stumble through this movie.
Oh, God, I'm sorry. It's just that when I think of _Julius Caesar_, I always think of that Robards performance.
Just giving you a hard time. :)