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12th NIGHTed

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched

About the show

All Out Arts' Fresh Fruit Festival presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy, updated to the swinging gay '60s in Little Italy, NYC. More…

Adapted from the Bard by Patrick Thomas McCarthy, '12th NIGHTed' catapults double sets of orphaned twins into Little Italy’s Palazzo Earnrighto, home to the widowed entrepreneur Olivia Ruttate Earnrighto and her wacky Italian family. Sexual confusion and mistaken identity run rampant as this wacky rom-com set on the 12th Night of Christmas 1967 whips its characters into a farcical frenzy.

Member Reviews (17)


Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing, Cliched
Avg Score

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if You're easily amused. There are a few chuckles here but they really make you wait for them. The actors do their best with what they've got.

Don't see it if You expect any sort of Shakespeare or anything even remotely close to it. It's a cute idea that just isn't written/directed very well.

Entertaining, Dizzying, Great cast, Crazy, Fun singing

See it if You have liked a Charles Mee play;maybe the first draft of one he wrote in grammar school: you feel like being silly; Actors are terrific

Don't see it if You hate raunchy; you did not know it has an LGBTQ theme;soap opera overacting makes you cringe; Play is way too long 2 1/4 hours

Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Original, Over-the-top

See it if You enjoy talented actors enjoying themselves on stage. It's a little over the top, but I believe it's very much on purpose, just not my jam

Don't see it if You don't like LGBTQ stories, don't like over the top stories/acting, don't like mediocre scripts, don't like freezing cold theaters.

A gay-ish shakespeare misfire

See it if This attempt at theater of the ridiculous is largely frantic and unfunny. Some good moments. I've seen a lot better. Sorry

Don't see it if I'm hoping for better in other shows at the Fresh Fruit Festival

Silly, Boisterous, Farcical, Gender-bending, Quirky

See it if you're up for a farcical LGBQT Shakespeare adaptation with a hyped up community theater energy. Clever script, big goofy performances.

Don't see it if A little long & location is remote but I really didn't mind. Haters on here should have read the description before accepting the invite.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Amaturish

See it if if you enjoy hammy overacting to the point of laughing in the wrong places.

Don't see it if if you are looking for a good spoof. This one is really bad.

A failed attempt to achieve the madcap art and hilarity of the theater of the ridiculous ala charles ludlum and charles busch. very disappointing.

See it if you know someone in the cast and came to scream with forced glee as many in the audience I saw did.

Don't see it if You know and appreciate true camp exaggeration for true comic effect and satire. This wasn't it.

Confusing, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You're ok with a lot of screaming and want to leave with a headache

Don't see it if You'd rather not sit in confusion trying to understand why the writer wrote this.

Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You don't mind weird adaptations of Shakespeare or are a friend of the cast.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of campiness or poorly executed Italian and Italian-American accents.

Great acting, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if you like camp and exaggerated over-acting, and don't mind silliness and bad accents

Don't see it if you like dignified theater and don't like loose Shakespeare adaptations.

Excruciating, Indulgent, Couple of good performers, Oh my god it's too long!, Good staging

See it if Such a lovely space for such a bad play. 1 surprisingly good actress, 1 campy but competent actor. Use of sparse set pieces was well done.

Don't see it if don't have a high tolerance for badly written absurd farces. 1 HOUR TOO LONG! Painfully repetitive dialogue. The intermission is your escape

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched

See it if You enjoy a good mistaken identity farce with plenty of sexual innuendo. You support the LGBTQ community and smaller productions.

Don't see it if You are looking for a highs scale production with an expensive set and wardrobe.

Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy

See it if You are friends with the cast and crew. You support LGBTQ theater.

Don't see it if You like Shakespeare adaptations that make sense. You don't like long show- 2.5 hours!

Raunchy, Funny, Confusing, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if enjoy farce and overacting, don't expect too much great acting, light and fluffy theater, looking for an easy laugh

Don't see it if you are looking for something serious

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a good comedy based on a Shakespearean play. You don't have to like Shakespeare to love this.

Don't see it if You don't like comedy and comical situations.

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing, Fun

See it if You enjoy a comedic, modern take on Shakespeare

Don't see it if You're looking for traditional Shakespeare and don't enjoy comedy.


See it if You have low expectations

Don't see it if High expectations

July 18th, 2016
“Hands down, Patrick Thomas McCarthy has written a slam-dunk retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’...The members of the ensemble cast uniformly deliver well-developed outrageous characters...Director Patrick Aran keeps the antics moving along; however, there is room for a quicker pace at tim...
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