The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Jan. 2, 1950

Caesar and Cleopatra (by George Bernard Shaw; produced by Richard Aldrich & Richard Myers in association with Julius Fleischmann) remains after half a century one of Shaw's, and hence the modern theater's, most vigorous plays. Shaw has often been more amusing, and sometimes more electrifying or profound. But in Caesar, using comedy with little flippancy, he achieved sharp comment; and with history for a pedestal, he set something Roman and solid upon it.

The play shows a middle-aged Julius Caesar championing a young Cleopatra against her brother in a squabble over the Egyptian throne, and barely winning out by force of arms....

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