Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of New York City’s venerable nonprofit Public Theater, had a truly crazy idea on the night of the election last fall: Why not reconfigure Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” for the era of President Donald Trump?

The bloody awful result, which officially premiered Monday at Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre as part of the annual Shakespeare in the Park, has caught flak from many quarters — including longtime Public Theater sponsors Delta Airlines and Bank of America, which both withdrew their support from the institution that has given us classics such as “Hair” and “Hamilton.”

In truth, though, it’s the Bard and not a Trumpified Caesar who gets assassinated in this tasteless and ill-conceived production — which has the presumably unintended effect of making Trump into a powerfully sympathetic character before it ultimately sputters into narrative incoherence. Read my full review at TheWrap.

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