Already closed | 2h 30m | East Village

Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)

From 86 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Funny

About the show

Fiasco Theater brings their hallmark style and expansive imagination to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies in Classic Stage Company's production.


Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola disguises herself as a boy and wades into a complex romantic triangle with Duke Orsino and the Countess Olivia.

2h 30m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (86)


Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Funny
Avg Score

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful

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.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Well acted & staged, Clever

See it if Despite Fiasco's usual impeccible standards, show seems curiously flat Antics of supporting actors/rustics (esp Paco Tolson) save evening

Don't see it if Show sometimes feels as if staged by (designer) John Doyle himself which is an injustice to the company Play should have been cut somewhat

Disappointing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if love the play, or if you don't know the play & want to see a clear presentation of it.

Don't see it if are expecting anything new to be done with this great (but oft-performed) material.

Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you enjoy watching Shakespearean works staged in non-traditional ways, or you're a fan of Fiasco Theater.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with this play and have difficulty with Shakespeare's language. You may find this hard to follow.

Also I've found that the hallmark of a Fiasco production is that the perfor... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a non traditional version of the play. There is singing between scenes and to help set up scenes. Well presented and very funny.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, Twelfth Night or non traditional productions. I did have trouble with the diction of a few characters.

Also The second act was better than the first. The jester was especially we... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great singing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You love every version of Twelfth Night you've ever seen. You have seats near the front and not the far sides. You like great singing voices

Don't see it if You want to be able to HEAR what is happening, or can get through some very poorly directed and long monologues.

Also I really wanted to enjoy this, but it didn't live up to the Public's M... Read more Read less

Inspired clown sequences, Made malvolio in jail work, Sea shanties worthy addition, Well spoken, Ben steinfeld = brilliance

See it if enjoyable, well spoken, inventive take on Shakespeare with direct address, audience inclusion & clowning are what you expect from Fiasco

Don't see it if you can't listen & laugh for 2 3/4 hours, u need more than 10 actors 2 entertain u, you need spectacle & "traditional" Shakespearean interp

Lively accessible delightful

See it if you like your Shakespeare played with skill and fun. Traditional text with updated costumes and staging. Very experienced troupe of actors

Don't see it if I thought that Fiasco's 2 Gentlemen of Verona was more effective. We saw it on Sat, Jan. 6 -- the actual 12th Night, so it was very festive

Funny, Entertaining, Slow, Clever

See it if you enjoy Shakespearean comedies and fun productions. The music was a nice addition, and cast gives their all.

Don't see it if you consider 2.5 hours of Shakespeare a boring evening or you enjoy Shakespeare but are looking for a more outside the box production.

Tthis is a disappointing, overly jokey, production lacking modulation and substance.

See it if You think that Twelfth Night should be a laugh riot. I think Sir Toby Belch SHOULD be a laugh riot and he is not.

Don't see it if you like the music of Shakespeare. I could not root for or invest in any of the characters, there was a sameness, insincerity to all.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare with a twist. Fiasco is all too clever.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare purist.

Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Straightforward

See it if you like an easy to follow, very enjoyable version of 12th Night Many of the cast members also are the musicians & seem to be having fun.

Don't see it if you prefer a production that digs a little deeper. That said, this one is really entertaining.

Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want one of Shakespeare's comedies performed in a non-traditional manner by a high-energy troupe

Don't see it if you want elaborate period costumes and setting, want Mark Rylance as Viola; don't want uneven acting

Also Missed the period costumes in the beginning and the first act was a li... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Want a straight-forward version of this play by a troop that has fun with it.

Don't see it if Love Fiasco and expected more from them. Seemed a bit draggy at points and too much emphasis on the clowns.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You are a fan of the Fiasco company and their style of performance, this is a fine example.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare or expect large scale epics

Hilarious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You like Shakespeare. You like comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

Also I laughed the whole time and so did everyone else.

Delightful, Well acted, Joyful, Funny, A bit too long

See it if you like Shakespeare. This is a delightful telling of this play. Quirky and modern, yet true to the original. Great acting and music.

Don't see it if you just don't like the Bard. However, if you are on the fence you might give this one a try. It's very accessible.

Also I'm not sure why the professional reviews for this weren't better. I t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate a hard working, talented, down-to-earth cast who love their craft, and consistently engage the audience.

Don't see it if You do not like theater that is almost 3 hours long, or are bothered by productions that use poetic license.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Exuberant spirited Fiasco Company take on the greatest and funniest of all Shakespeare comedies; great turns by Ben Steinfeld and PacoTolson

Don't see it if You need your Shakespeare pure and don’t like musical embellishments or more modern takes

Entertaining, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you want a playful and lightweight presentation of Shakespearean comedy. Fine acting with the primary characters and an excellent fool.

Don't see it if Overly exaggerated comic relief characters who shout more than act drives you nuts. Certainly not a a traditional approach to the text.

Also An entertaining interpretation of one of the more obvious "mistaken id... Read more Read less

Clever, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of the Fiasco production styling or love the play's plot

Don't see it if you are are looking for a traditional production or want a big production

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if you are looking for a fun, intelligent version of this play. The acting is great, the music works well. It was a really enjoyable show.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare. Honestly, that is the only reason. Even then, give it a try--this show is an absolute delight.

Delightful, Enthusiastic, Accessible

See it if Great intro to Shakespeare's comedy- for the novice and the Bardophile. Funny, great incidental music, Fine cast..Presented with elan.

Don't see it if Fine comedy even if you don't like Shakespeare. No scenery just props, small theater in the round. Fourth wall keeps disappearing.

Also Love this company, I've seen four of their productions without coming ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You are a fan of Fiasco Theater or John Doyle, their take on Shakespeare. The play is well acted and sung

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or only like a classic interpertation

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

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.

Also I cannot say enough about the skills and infectious enthusiasm of this... Read more Read less

December 14th, 2017
"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 lacki...
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December 14th, 2017
"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-t...
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December 14th, 2017
"A charming, unfussy take...Honest, open, and noble...There’s no heavy stylistic signature on the work — instead, Fiasco’s priorities seem to spring from the mindset of actors who deeply love Shakespeare and long to communicate this material’s great gifts and joys...This is excellent gateway-drug...
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December 14th, 2017
"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 co...
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