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Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)
East Village
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Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company) NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(86 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
13%
Negative
3%
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.

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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.

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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

Critic Reviews (22)

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 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."
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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-teakettle ridiculous—have the old Fiasco zing...But the company has landed itself in too-pleasant country. Better to set sail for rougher shores."
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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 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.'"
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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 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."
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December 21st, 2017

“”Twelfth Night’ is the kind of piece that bubbles with youthful energy as its characters awkwardly explore their romantic passions. That youthful energy is delightfully brimming in Fiasco’s production...There's a casual connection between actors and audience, as they tell the story of shipwrecked twins...The rousing musical moments shared by the company enhance the merry spirit of the fun and fast-moving production.”
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December 19th, 2017

“The actors barely seem to connect with their characters...May be the least amusing 'Twelfth Night' I've ever seen. Never a bore and never vulgar or pandering, it has moments when the text blessedly asserts itself...There's also something likable about the overall no-frills approach...But why strip down a production if you aren't going to highlight Shakespeare's words and characters?...I don't think I've ever seen one so thoroughly lacking in point of view and reason for being."
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December 14th, 2017

“The Fiasco Theater's rollicking, new production of ‘Twelfth Night' is the perfect way to spend a cold, winter night...Co-directed with economic flair by Fiasco stalwarts Brody and Steinfeld and boasts a resourceful cast who are having even more fun than the audience, if that's possible...Fiasco's revival is a rousing success on its own terms...Celebrate the season with Fiasco's simple, yet effective, reimagining of Shakespeare's masterpiece of identity, illusion, and illumination.”
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December 21st, 2017

“While not as memorable as several previous Fiasco Theater productions, this ‘Twelfth Night’ takes a while to get where it is going. After winding up the plot in the first half, it settles down to sparkling comedy in its second. A bare-bones production, it focuses attention on the language and the music rather than the usual rich trappings. It is an easy production to follow without being distracted by extraneous interpretations or ideas.”
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December 15th, 2017

"Were this production played for laughs, there would have been several standout performances...But continually letting Shakespeare’s cleverest jokes die on the vine took the life out of their performances. Fiasco would be better served, and would better serve Shakespeare, by going back to breathing life into an otherwise neglected and dismissed play...Their take on 'Twelfth Night,' unfortunately, serves little purpose and disappoints an expectant audience."
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December 14th, 2017

"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...A skillful and joyous take on an old favorite...The cheery band of performers gives off a most festive energy, and it's easy to feel among friends as you're along for the ride. "
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December 15th, 2017

“In this stripped down production, Brody and Steinfeld direct much of the focus on the space between the actors all of whom are excellent. The group has that repertory feel...The two actors who are not regular Fiasco performers...Their energy is more direct, which contrast serves the production well...I wish that a sense of context and clarity were more consistently sustained...At times the humor feels a bit forced...It’s a wild ride worth the taking.”
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December 15th, 2017

“A perfect staging of a perfect play...Rarely have I seen a play this perfect. Shakespeare's dialogue is given full reign, conveyed with clarity and warmth. As a result, the audience seems to catch every joke, laughing almost non-stop throughout the action...Another strong win is the ensemble feel of the play and the adeptness of every single cast member...You're unlikely to see a more purely delightful production of Shakespeare's perfect play.”
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December 14th, 2017

"The language of Shakespeare seems to cause a bit of a stumble with these actors...Musically it is lively and sweet...It is enjoyable and fun, landing firmly in the aesthetic of the festive ritual it honors. Could it have been better? Possibly so, but as it is with all parties, a few more songs, more riveting conversations, and a few more laughs are always needed to make a good party even better."
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December 14th, 2017

"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."
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December 15th, 2017

Fiasco Theater’s production reduces the play to an egocentric, uninspired staging that left me wondering if anyone outside of the indulgent company of actors watched a run-through before subjecting the audience...The disconnect between process and presentation is painfully evident. What is deeply lacking in nearly every moment of this production is any authentic human connection among its players. Stomping, posturing, shouting, and buffoonish gestures abound.”
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December 15th, 2017

“They are delivering their customary clarity, but without that extra spark that characterized their ‘Cymbeline’ or ‘Into The Woods’...The main plot feels nearly pushed to the side by one of the play’s two subplots...All three strands, which intertwine at the end, are presented competently and clearly. The musical interludes are highlights. But gone are the playful props and clever staging that have been a signature of Fiasco productions.”
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December 14th, 2017

"Joy, fun, and exuberant flair...The Fiasco 'Twelfth Night' offers full value...Steinfeld shines on stage in the ordinarily not-so-prominent role of the clown Feste...It’s a joyous Shakespearean romp...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."
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December 16th, 2017

“The unimaginative direction never raises above the level of a competent college production. The concept seems to have been to plunk the dizzy lovers of the Bard’s Illyria down in a New England fishing village so the cast could warble atmospheric sea shanties in between scenes. There is not much spark between the various victims of Cupid’s arrows, and those with comic roles push their zany schtick too hard to elicit any honest laughter. Too bad this is just a so-so ‘Twelfth Night.’"
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December 14th, 2017

"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."
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December 25th, 2017

“You’ll know before a minute passes that Fiasco's production is going to be an imaginative one...Grotelueschen plays Sir Toby Belch nice and subtly...There are some other time-honored devices that haven’t been seen in a while and will be welcome sights for theatrically experienced eyes...Steinfeld helps by being a fine Feste...But Fiasco can’t overcome the problem that has plagued every production...Sebastian and Viola never resemble each other."
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December 18th, 2017

“The production is light and lively, with many fine performances and offers many pluses; however, it lacks one particular element which prevents it from being the superlative production it might have been...What’s missing, then? Heart and soul...More emphasis on the poetry might have lent greater variety to the play, as well as a sense of greater depth...One gets a strong sense of the repertory quality of the performance, which is a pleasure to see.”
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December 22nd, 2017

“Fiasco Theater begins its experimental take by adding a musical number to dramatize Viola and Sebastian’s shipwreck...An artistic risk that could flop badly. In this case, the shipwreck scene adds insight...Each of the actors in supporting roles adds comic expertise...While the main characters are lucky in love and pair up successfully, the ensemble’s commitment to remember the shipwreck throughout the production feels like a warm embrace to the audience.”
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