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"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"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." Full Review
"Joy, fun and exuberant flair mark this new 'Twelfth Night'...The Fiasco 'Twelfth Night' offers full value, thank you very much...Steinfeld shines on stage in the ordinarily not-so-prominent role of the clown Feste...This is a bright and flavorful 'Twelfth Night' that does well by the playwright, and an empty space production in which the play’s the thing without reliance on sets, costumes, wigs and opulent trappings." Full Review
"Fiasco Theater puts coal in our stocking with a weak tea production of 'Twelfth Night'...There isn’t much that’s positive to say about Fiasco’s show itself...Much of the cast feels uncomfortable with the language...Even in an uninteresting production of 'Twelfth Night' that squanders one of Shakespeare’s great female parts and adds nothing new to the story, a pleasure can be found. And that’s in the charming, commanding, utterly winning performance of Steinfeld as the Fool Feste." Full Review
"The result here is understated, satisfying but without offering a striking new take on a classic work. This carries the risk of the production failing to distinguish itself. But what stands out most strongly here is the collaborative spirit amongst the performers...It's striking and truly enjoyable to see a group of experienced actors obviously having so much fun with the material. Their doing so doesn't betray the play, but often enhances it...A skillful and joyous take on an old favorite." Full Review
"The language of Shakespeare seems to cause a bit of a stumble with these actors...Musically it is lively and sweet...It’s great fun, although the plot spins off into a pretty dark terrain, literally speaking, and although this production handles it with care and lightness, one can’t help but marvel at how far it has been taken...It is enjoyable and fun, landing firmly in the esthetic of the festive ritual it honors. Could it have been better? Possibly so." Full Review
"A charming, unfussy take...Honest, open, and noble — it’s also a fitting description for Fiasco’s production...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 Shakespeare, and I mean that as sincere praise...Plays things a bit on the safe side tonally, but all in all, it’s 'a most happy wreck.'" Full Review
"The action moves at a quick pace but is at times burdened by the musical interludes which breaks the pace of the farce. If you have not seen the previous production by the Classic Stage Company, indeed include this incarnation of 'Twelfth Night' in your theater schedule. But if you have, there is no need to venture out for the 2-hour and 45-minute rather lackluster production." Full Review
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.
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
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.
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
See it if you're not familiar with Fiasco Theater, one of the finest interpreters of Shakespeare in town.
Don't see it if you've got a soft spot for the Malvolios of the world (who when you think of it just might be on the spectrum).
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.
See it if you enjoy a light and cheerful play. The location was intimate, the cast is talented (some of the cast are also the musicians for the show)
Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare. **This review was provided by a friend.
See it if you want bare-bone theatrics that makes Shakespeare's words accessible because they're treated with the utmost respect by the actors
Don't see it if you're not into Shakespeare's actual words, you want spectacles and massive production value
See it if You like your Shakespeare quickly delivered, charming & ribald. This is not a subtly textured presentation but is.a lot of fun with music...
Don't see it if appropriately added. Some of the actors speak indistinctly but most are clever & appealing and the humorous sections not overly broad.
See it if you want a serviceable, lively staging of one of WS's best comedies, mounted by one of NYC's best theatre companies (tho not at their best).
Don't see it if you expect the inventive stagecraft Fiasco is known for. [It's a pretty safe, unexceptional production w/a notable perf by Ben Steinfeld.]
See it if You don’t know the play well (this is mostly well spoken and largely uncut); you’re a fan of Fiasco’s core ensemble
Don't see it if You’ve recently seen a memorable production; you don’t like long plays (2:50 w interval); you expect Fiasco’s usual brio. This is oddly flat
See it if play joyously and often hilariously recast as tale of the seas with raucous sea shanties sung/played by multi-talented cast
Don't see it if acting is uneven, some of cast not convincing; effort to make everything funny at times is contrived/tiresome
See it if you must see Twelfth Night every 6 months and you're due. Otherwise, skip this surprisingly dull version. I've LOVED all past Fiasco prodns
Don't see it if you want an engaging interpretation. The acting wasn't strong and the focus is on the not-funny Sir Toby gang. Integrated music helps a bit.
See it if You will see any "Twelfth Night" no matter how misguided and inept.
Don't see it if You have liked other Fiasco productions (as I had) and expect this production to be on par with others from this theater company.
See it if Count Orsino opens the show w/ 1 of Shakespeare's most famous monologues, "If Music be the Food of Love ... Play on" -and so they do -"PLAY"
Don't see it if If you like the Bard totally traditional then U might not like the additional songs that bring the show to nearly 3 hrs (w/ intermission)
See it if You’ve never seen Twelfth Night or actively dislike Shakespeare because you think he’s “boring”
Don't see it if You’re looking for an exciting new take on the greatest of all comedies or even an exceedingly intelligent classic staging
See it if You want an engaging, fun interpretation of Shakespeare performed by well-trained classical actors. You like plays w/good music & singing.
Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You dislike verse plays. You want a play with big production values.
See it if You like Shakespeare in a intimate setting with great seats for all. A skilled group of actors presenting a classic
Don't see it if You are a purist. You do not like Shakespeare
See it if high energy Shakespearean comedy performed by amazingly talented actors delights you. Twelfth Night has terrific fools in subplots.
Don't see it if Zany and funny are not appealing for you or your party. You do not wish to brush up your Shakespeare.
See it if you're a Shakespeare fan and looking for a decent production of Twelfth Night with fun acting and good music.
Don't see it if you want something super traditional or modern- this falls squarely in the middle. Or if you want to catch every line especially of subplots