By Andrew Andrews
Caligula is one of the lesser-noted works of Albert Camus, the twentieth century, Nobel winning, absurdist philosopher best known
It’s an engaging story, although difficult to judge its historical accuracy. We know that Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus,
But everything else, at this point, is just hearsay.
Maybe his cruelty was the result of insanity, which may, in turn, have been the result of an illness from which he never fully recovered. Or maybe he wasn’t insane at
But Camus paints him differently.
In Camus’ story, Caligula is wise beyond his years and eager to prove a
Aside from Caligula’s logic and sanity, much of Camus’ version of the young emperor’s reign rings true with historical accounts.
As Churchill said, history is written by the victors, and Caligula, clearly,
Historical accuracy aside, we totally enjoyed Medicine
And despite Camus’ tendency to use his main character as a sounding board for a monologue of his own philosophy, we never found Caligula (Richard Keyser) to be too preachy, or too didactic, or too monotonous. On the contrary:
Camus would surely be pleased.
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Andrew Andrews attended Caligula at Medicine Show Theatre in Manhattan on Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 8:00pm to write this review.
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