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Twelfth Night (Duende Productions)

From 2 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

About the show

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.

2h 0m | Already closed | The Alchemical Theatre (Chelsea)


90
TheaterScene.net

"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

65
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"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


100
Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Must see

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

97
Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You wanna see an amazing cadre of actors do the a coherent and emotionally resonating Twelfth Night

Don't see it if You like big productions

95
Masterful, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

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

Also This team of Equity actors is uniformly excellent in skill, energy, en... Read more Read less

93
Exquisite, Great acting, Delightful

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

Also Worth noting that this simple, elegant, incredibly heartfelt productio... Read more Read less

90
Smartly staged, Beautifully played, Direct, Clear, Delightful

See it if you’d like to see a clear, joyous production of Shakespeare’s most psychologically complex romantic comedy.

Don't see it if you don’t want to see any more Shakespeare.

Also Duende is a new theater company. If its 1st production is an accurate ... Read more Read less

88
Shakespearean delight

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.

Also Small off-off Broadway productions of Shakespeare can be quite fine. I... Read more Read less

88
Romantic, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Also This company reminds me somewhat of Fiasco Theater - in a very positiv... Read more Read less

85
Excellent performances, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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."

85
Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining

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.

Also It’s up several flights of stairs. Check in advance for how to use the... Read more Read less

81
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

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.

75
Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want an entertaining concise presentation of this timeless comedy

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional approach to Shakespeare

100
Romantic, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

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.

82
Intelligent, Refreshing, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like to see Indie Theater at its best

Don't see it if you dont like shows directly in your face with very limited production values

Also This intensely clever production is a great first effort from Duende. ... Read more Read less


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