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Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

Put me down with my PJ colleague Andrew Klavan regarding the Shakespeare in the Park incident the other day. During my 25 years as a music critic at Time magazine and elsewhere, I witnessed a fair number of performances that got interrupted for political reasons, most notably when I was tear-gassed at the Metropolitan Opera by members of the Jewish Defense League during a performance of the Moiseyev dance troupe. It wasn't a pleasant experience, and the show went on as scheduled the next day with an enhanced police presence.

It's not that I'm against using Leftist macro-tactics against them; after all, I literally wrote the book on the subject. But disrupting a public performance simply for the sake of doing so is not the way to get your message across. Shakespeare in modern dress in by now a hoary theatrical tradition, and having Caesar represented on stage by an American president is hardly unprecedented. When we enter the theater, we engage in a compact with our fellow audience members (the theater began as a quasi-religious experience, in a sacred space); to break the fourth wall is juvenile, boorish and counter-productive. It was a disgrace, and it should be regarded as such.

If you want to confront the Left on this battlefield, stage your own performance of Julius Caesar. After all, in the play, Caesar is a noble figure, brought low by weak men consumed with ambition and easily swayed by specious moral arguments. If Trump is Caesar in this metaphor, then the Democrats and the #neverTrumpumpkins are the murderous senators Brutus and Cassius -- and we are Marc Antony. Watch him turn the crowd against the plotters:

Now, who would you rather be?