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The Folger Theater always put the text before the production values. That means the sets are not lavish, exactly, but the company actors make sure you feel every powerful soliloquy and laugh at every joke. When they do go high-concept, like partnering with the magician Teller for a production of Macbeth, the company members still pay careful attention to the tragedy at hand. Compared to the Scottish Play, Julius Caesar has not aged well: Unlike the comedies, with physical gags, or the tragedies, with universal relatability, ancient Roman politics have little relevance in an age when so many members of Congress prefer Twitter and cable news over, you know, speeches. But if there’s any company that can do Caesar right, it’s the Folger. And it’ll probably remind us that our empire, like the Romans’, is in decline. Oct. 28–Dec. 7 at Folger Elizabethan Theatre. $40–$75.