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Story: Roman general Caius Martius, under the leadership of elder generals Cominius and Titus Lartius, successfully leads Roman troops into battle against Volscian forces rallied by his blood enemy, Tullus Aufidius. Martius is able to withstand Aufidius’ attack on Rome and instead captures the Volscian city of Corioles. For his deeds, Cominius rewards Martius with the honorary title of Coriolanus.
There are positives and negatives to setting Shakespeare’s plays in different eras. On the plus side, the stories can be more relatable. On the down side, changing the time period can come with an agenda and the director has to force the play awkwardly into a new framework. Nevertheless, the good often outweighs the bad, as is the case here.
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