For his time, William Shakespeare was fairly progressive when it came to writing about women. He often portrayed his female characters as witty, strong and intelligent. But he also had a tendency to characterize them as easily corruptible, power-hungry, and darn near silly when it came to the whims of romance. The fact that female roles were largely acted by men in Shakespeare’s heyday lent an air of farce even to the most serious portrayals. That’s why it’s so much fun to imagine the Bard’s reaction to House Party Theatre’s brutal production of Julius Caesar, which features a largely female cast. The fast-paced killer drama still shows the tension, betrayal and tyranny we all know and love — but with a decidedly female twist. Et tu, ladies? See it staged at 508 Park (508 Park Ave.) beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Additional performances are Friday, April 21; Saturday, April 22; Monday, April 24; Thursday, April 27; and Friday, April 28. Tickets are $15 at housepartytheatre.com.