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Twelfth Night (Acting Company)

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing

About the show

Tony nominee Maria Aitken ('The 39 Steps') leads alumni of The Acting Company and ensemble members of Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players (REP) in Shakespeare's beloved comedy. More…

"If music be the food of love, play on!" When her ship is wrecked, Viola washes ashore in the unfamiliar land of Illyria and embarks on a journey to find her lost brother. Brimming with music, love, and longing, William Shakespeare's enchanting play transports audiences to a world of comedic mayhem, mistaken identity, and unrequited passion, where nothing is as it seems, but anything is possible.


Member Reviews (45)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Disappointing
76
Avg Score

78
Consistent, Clear, Trim, Handsome, Uninspired

See it if you want a clear, brisk accounting of Shakespeare’s greatest true comedy.

Don't see it if you’ve see this play often & only need to see a new production if that production is truly inspired.

Also This production of Shakespeare’s deepest comedy opens on a lovely tabl... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a Twelfth Night that is well staged, very well acted and very funny. The enunciation is superb.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare plays.

Also I usually don't like Twelfth Night because of all the side characters ... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You love everything Shakespeare and want to see talented actors perform.

Don't see it if You want interesting staging, while the actors are great, the staging is boring, and there is a lot of standing around.

Also This is one of Shakespeare's comedies and I barely laughed. The space ... Read more Read less

81
Too many twelfth nights this year

See it if fine production to see if you don't want to wait in line for the Central Park production later this summer. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you've seen too many 12th Nights. This one was good, but I preferred Anne Hathaway in Central Park and Sam Barnett in the Rylance on Bway

78
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Romantic

See it if you never tire of Twelfth Night; you like when supporting characters have new depth

Don't see it if you want a Twelfth Night that feels as bawdy & festive as it could (there’ve been funnier ones staged not too long ago)

Also Ooooh there are some really interesting choices made here. I don’t thi... Read more Read less

65
Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like your Shakespeare comedies, and prefer them fizzy, frothy and light.

Don't see it if You have diabetes, and too much sugar makes you ill. Also, the casting (age) makes this improbable play even more so.

90
Hilarious, Great acting, Clever, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You love Shakespeare or Twelfth Night or you're wondering why this guy is still relevant after 400 years, or you want to support arts in Bk

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare plays and find them hard to follow (although I think this one was easier to follow than a lot).

69
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are willing to settle of ok Shakespeare. It is not badly done but there is no genius in any of the players.There is mirth and cleverness

Don't see it if your standard for Shakespeare has been ruined by the Globe productions. This is very earthbound but decent enough not to embarass

70
Static, Weird musical choices, Some stand-out performances

See it if You appreciate well-trained actors delivering their lines flawlessly, if statically.

Don't see it if You want a lot of energy or a new perspective

Also After seeing (and loving) the CSC Twelfth Night earlier this year, it ... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy spicy, contemporary version of a Shakespearean classic. Comical and wimsy in every way. Appropriately staged in a wonderful theate

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy a Shakespearean play no way no how

86
Slightly sluggish, Modernistic rendition of the classic

See it if you like Twelfth Night in any way, shape or form.

Don't see it if you don't like a slightly slow, experimental upgrade with a strange, frame-like set and prison encasement in which Malvolio is tortured.

Also This production in May 2018 was one of the first Shakespearean plays I... Read more Read less

77
Smart, Nuanced, Amusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a very intelligent, detail-oriented direction, with an interesting take on some key scenes, and keen eye for clever comedy.

Don't see it if You want a comedy that's fast-paced and uproariously funny. This is funny in a kind of smart, subtle way.

76
Great staging, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Twelfth Night and want to see an interesting staging of it.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Shakespeare and want to have a period version of this show (not quite sure when it actually takes place)

91
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Funny

See it if Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is a play you have read but not seen performed. An exquisite production! Great ensemble! The songs shine.

Don't see it if Not in the mood for Shakespeare’s comedy.

Also The Acting Company shines!! The actors’ play together exquisitely. Too... Read more Read less

56
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you're not familiar with the play and want to see a production to become familiar with Shakespeare.

Don't see it if It's hard to believe that Twelfth Night could be boring and bland. This production fell flat and felt amateurish.

63
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you love Shakespeare comedies

Don't see it if youre not a huge fan of classical theatre

85
Funny, Entertaining, Good acting, Clever, Refreshing

See it if You love Twelfth Night and want to see a different take on it. Lots of funny moments. Good music.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare's comedies.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You want to be delighted at one of Shakespeare's comedies. This is a very well conceived performance.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy fresh interpretations of Shakespeare's work.

84
Great staging, Refreshing, Clever

See it if A very interesting staging of a comedy classic. Loved most of the actors.

Don't see it if Tired of Shakespeare comedies!

96
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a refreshing take on one of Shakespeare's more popular plays -- with some good physical comedy.

Don't see it if you're tired of Shakespeare, or this particular story.

Also I've seen "Twelfth Night" a lot, and while I feel it is often done, I ... Read more Read less

70
Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a workmanlike presentation of the script.

Don't see it if You want to be transported. This is not an inspired production.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you love well spoken, well acted Shakespeare. Very strong, very accessible production. Every word and intention was clear. Pretty set too!

Don't see it if you prefer your classics avant garde.

62
Confusing, Passive, Humorous, Nice music, Sitting-back

See it if You enjoy 12th nights and want to watch it. Your fave characters are the sir Andrew team.

Don't see it if You have seen a lot of 12th nights. You hate when people do a shakespeare voice. You don’t enjoy shakespeare.

64
Disappointing, Pedestrian, So-so

See it if You just love Shakespeare and your expectations are low.

Don't see it if You've never seen or read Twelfth Night.

Also The actors are competent, but weird pacing, low energy, inconsistent c... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you like Shakespeare's funnier play with good actors that are relatable. A new theater with a modern look and the acting felt very fresh.

Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedy by Shakespeare done in a refreshing way. A new theater with a modern look to the seating and staging.


May 14th, 2018
"Mostly by the numbers but sometimes pushes through the pentameter into something nastier and more surprising...Maria Aitken’s production for the Acting Company — sturdy, reasonably brisk — doesn’t have much of a sense of time or place...If music be the food of love, this 'Twelfth Night' plays th...
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May 14th, 2018
“Aitken satisfyingly stages this love triangle, with the principal players delivering good performances. Heflin gives the most memorable turn...playing Olivia with a fascinating mixture of authority and insecurity...It's a fitful synthesis, leading some of the comedy to feel awfully labored...Ait...
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May 17th, 2018
“Plenty of wild things happen...some of them seemingly motivated by nothing more than authorial fiat, and Aitken sets out to impose logic and order on these frantic, farcical proceedings; to an unexpectedly great extent, she succeeds...This is the rare ‘Twelfth Night’ that errs on the side of sop...
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May 13th, 2018
"Rarely have so many players toiled so strenuously to make a Shakespeare comedy spring to raucous life. Rarely have so many players fallen so wide of the mark. To be fair, it needs be said that the supposedly hilarious Shakespeare characters require especially deft handling to amuse contemporary ...
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