Eight actors. A bare stage. A violent shipwreck. A love-sick duke. Separated twins. A beautiful countess. For its debut show, Duende Productions offers a stripped-down take on Shakespeare's beloved romantic comedy. More…
Using only a white box theater and white blocks for a set, Duende Productions seeks to make a performance on which the actors and the audience can project their imaginations. The production will feature original music performed by the actors.
"By stripping down the show and performing it in a white box theater space with minimal scenery and costumes, the eight actors, doubling up on parts, have fun interpreting Shakespeare's luscious comedy of unrequited love and mistaken identity for each other, often bringing the viewers into the action (with mixed results). This is probably the friendliest 'Twelfth Night' I've ever seen since the musical 'Your Own Thing' in the sixties." Full Review
"The play is performed in only one act, a very long time to remain seated on relatively stiff folding chairs...The energetic cast appears to be relishing the opportunity to dive headfirst into their broadly conceived characterizations...Those decisions ensure funny will indeed happen...This version of 'Twelfth Night' seemed a bit out of balance. That is not uninteresting, just different. With more focus on the core storytelling, the creative flourishes will be even more appreciated." Full Review
See it if If like brilliant laugh out loud hilarious productions with a terrific cast
Don't see it if You don't want to Laugh Your Butt Off and be intellectually stimulated at the same time
See it if you relish Shakespearean comedy performed expertly in an intimate, informal, in-the-round theatre with modern costumes/gestures, minimal set
Don't see it if you demand Alde English accents, traditional costumes, Elizabethan era music in Shakespearean play performances, or can’t sit 2hrs hard seat
See it if You like just really really really good Shakespeare that’s about the characters and the text
Don't see it if You think Shakespeare needs a lot of bells and whistles and extraneous stuff
See it if you like a high caliber setting with no stage, no set & basic costuming. Actors occasionally interact w/ audience in very fine work overall
Don't see it if you dislike small theaters, where actors smile when you laugh or sit next to you, and you can't stand a little ham in the mix.
See it if you enjoy a lively and creative production of Shakespeare with great acting by a company who seemed to really enjoy the play.
Don't see it if you expect elaborate sets or would feel uncomfortable in a small space with some eye contact and interaction with the actors.
See it if Crisp, fast-paced, intelligent, well-directed, funny. Moves well. A worthy performance.
Don't see it if Somewhat mismatched styles, with acting that ranges from the near "Elizabethan" to the near "hip hop."
See it if If you like low key Shakespeare that’s forces actors to use the language well. The tone, acting, and lightning were especially good. So fun.
Don't see it if If you insist on fancy production values. This is a rehearsal hall. If you don’t like shows where they sit with you or break the 4th wall.
See it if you'd like a very different production of this Shakespeare play. It has unique music, an energized cast and all white staging and costumes.
Don't see it if you cannot sit for two hours on a folding chair without an intermission or if you want your Shakespeare to be traditionally presented.
See it if You enjoy a modern twist on Shakespeare; you like the comedies; you enjoy music and singing; you love Shakespearean English rendered aloud.
Don't see it if You want your Shakespeare exactly as Queen Elizabeth saw it; you are not fond of bawdy jokes, singing, or stories of romantic conflicts.
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