Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)
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Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company)
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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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Member Reviews (86)

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945 Reviews | 386 Followers
81
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
74
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

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
80
Disappointing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

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

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

645 Reviews | 94 Followers
75
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. Read more

480 Reviews | 714 Followers
91
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. Read more

454 Reviews | 127 Followers
88
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

430 Reviews | 115 Followers
80
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

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
45
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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Lighting & Sound America
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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Talkin' Broadway
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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TheaterScene.net
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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