REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)” Opened with a ShowScore of 75

Show-Score | Dec 15, 2017
“Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company),” directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, opened on December 14, 2017 in New York City. “Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company),” directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, opened on December 14, 2017 in New York City.


9 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 65.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 65
"As usual, the performers let the story tell itself, without excessive interpretive psychology...The show is steeped in a daylight lucidity, making it an ideal introduction to 'Twelfth Night' for theatergoers unacquainted with this play...But the electricity I associate with Fiasco is oddly lacking, as is the sense of unexpected revelation. The show as a whole feels like a clean-lined sketch for a fuller work to come...'Twelfth Night' cries out for more layered and intricate portraiture."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 55
"Visually appealing and brimming with musicality, this 'Twelfth Night' never capsizes, but it does leave us feeling as though we've taken a good voyage of nothing...The production never reaches an adequate clip for Shakespearean comedy. The exposition can be downright plodding at times., while conservative performances mostly fail to make an impression...We know this comedy can glide, which is why it is so disappointing that Fiasco's production merely treads water."
Helen Shaw
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 60
"Their 'Twelfth Night' lacks their usual derring-do...The production’s coziness—sweaters, beards, sea chanties—smothers any sense of risk...Toby Belch (Andy Grotelueschen) and Andrew Aguecheek (Paco Tolson) have their dunce caps strapped on tight, and their scenes together—so silly, so ass-over-teakettle ridiculous—have the old Fiasco zing...But the company has landed itself in too-pleasant country. Better to set sail for rougher shores."

“Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)” was also reviewed by Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Joseph Verlezza of Theatre Reviews Limited, Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, and Michael Glitz of The Huffington Post.


The show was also reviewed by 32 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 78.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever

JoeyFranko, ShowScore: 81
See it if…"You enjoy Shakespeare, this is a fun production done very informally with the actors interacting with the audience at times." 
Don't see it if…"You’re not a fan of Shakespeare. Even though this is fun and light it’s still two and a half hours of The Bard."
MCohen6277, ShowScore: 82
See it if…"You desire a delightfully nautical production of this favorite comedy complete with quirky characterizations and shanty tunes." 
Don't see it if…"You want straight Shakespeare, and dislike the visual minimalism of John Doyle's scenic designs." 
Margaret 3, ShowScore: 90
See it if… "You want to see a fabulous ensemble of gifted actors bring contemporary verve to Shakespeare while still delivering the text with skill!"
Don't see it if…"You don't like Shakespeare or you only enjoy Shakespeare when done in traditional period fashion."
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