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Caligula Maximus: The Emperor Joneses
Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010 @ 01:12 AM Posted by: Michael Dale

4-#6-92 Ryan Knowles (center) stars as Caligula, with the cast of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS, directed by Alfred Preisser. Photo by Lia Chang

Ryan Knowles (center) stars as Caligula, with the cast of Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner’s CALIGULA MAXIMUS, directed by Alfred Preisser, at the Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. in New York through April 17. Photo by Lia Chang


“Bertolt Brecht achieved the impossible; making me forgettable!”

In Alfred Preisser (playwright/director) and Randy Weiner’s (playwright) peppy and perverse celebration, Caligula Maximus, the title character, (played with heavy doses of playful charisma by Ryan Knowles) is more than a little peeved at how popular culture has depicted his reign as Roman Emperor (“Gore Vidal, you don’t get me. Bob Guccione, you don’t know me. Camus turned me into a term paper!”) but is happy to let the masses (that’s us) experience the joy of being like him.

“You’ve traded wonder for science,” he scolds, but for seventy-five impish minutes Caligula Maximus invites us to kick back and enjoy some trashy fun, some elegant erotica, a bit of pro wresting (steel chairs included) and maybe even a lesson or two about the political power of charm.
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Broadwayworld.com Review: Caligula Maximus: The Emperor Joneses by Michael Dale

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