REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Twelfth Night (The Public Theater)” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Aug 1, 2018
“Twelfth Night (The Public Theater),” written by Kwame Kwei-Armah and directed by Oskar Eustis, opened on July 31, 2018 in New York City. “Twelfth Night (The Public Theater),” written by Kwame Kwei-Armah and directed by Oskar Eustis, opened on July 31, 2018 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"A sweet alternative reality...summoned by Kwei-Armah and Eustis, and Taub...What they and their team have conjured is a Platonic ideal of the crazy salad that is New York City in the silly season...Taub and Kwei-Armah have extended the original play’s consideration of the ambiguities of identity to address an age in which the divisions between sexes and classes paradoxically feel both more porous and unbridgeable than ever....It’s empathy that makes this production feel like such a blessing."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 95
"A musical with enormous heart and smarts to match its considerable spectacle...Theater that truly looks like NYC...One of the tightest productions I've seen from Shakespeare in the Park...Thoroughly delightful and heartwarming musical...Taub's songs are not only catchy but dramatically efficient, slicing through exposition and serving up objectives with a dexterity few other contemporary musical-theater composers possess...A truly stunning production.”
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 90
“Illyria has never been so welcoming...This freewheeling version...proves a consistent delight. Purists may blanch, but everyone else will be thoroughly charmed....Despite the broad humor on display, the adaptation doesn't stint on the piece's emotional power...It's the amateur performers who truly make the evening shine, their energy and enthusiasm at being onstage entirely infectious...There have been other musical versions of the play before, but none as giddily pleasurable as this one."

“Twelfth Night (The Public Theater)” was also reviewed by Greg Evans of Deadline, Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Gregory A. Wilson of CurtainUp, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Nicole Serratore of Variety, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Samuel L. Leiter of Theatre's Leiter Side, Thom Geier of The Wrap, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Matt Windman of AM New York, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, and Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review.


The show was also reviewed by 34 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 82.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Refreshing, Clever

Judy K 6234, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see an innovative reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies. Huge ensemble. Great costumes. Excellent singing voices."
Don't see it if…"You demand Shakespeare in a traditional format and don’t like modernized versions."
SarahJ, ShowScore: 84
See it if… "You want an evening of fun, accessible, musical "Shakespeare" that's easy enough for anyone to enjoy."
Don't see it if…"You're a Shakespeare purist. High art this is not."
Elise 3, ShowScore: 85
See it if… "You enjoy Shakespeare or are looking for something classic but refreshing or if you just want to have a nice night out in the park."
Don't see it if…"You only enjoy Shakespeare in its original form and are opposed to a musical adaptation."

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