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Twelfth Night (The Public Mobile Unit)

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Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

About the show

The Public Theater's Mobile Unit presents a stripped-down take on Shakespeare's gender-bending, heart-mending comedy in a new production reset in Florida in the mid-90s. More…

When a young shipwrecked immigrant named Viola takes a chance on the “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the mid-'90s and washes up on the shore of glitzy Illyria, Florida, she becomes a stranger in a fabulously strange new land. Thinking her twin brother has drowned, Viola throws herself into a new gig as assistant to Orsino, a wealthy Floridian with a serious case of love sickness for a wealthy lady, Olivia. Having disguised herself as a boy to become Orsino’s right-hand man, Viola (now Cesario) is tasked with delivering his adoring valentines. But as Viola woos in her boss’s name, she falls head over spiky heels for the man himself, while Olivia turns her affections to the intriguing young messenger boy, Cesario (aka Viola). Set to the rhythms of house, Cuban, and '90s beats, this colorful comedy shows how the power of new people and new experiences can throw the world into beautiful disarray, and open hearts and minds to the possibility of love.

Member Reviews (47)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great acting
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Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare done MASTERFULLY. A brilliant take on the story, with characters so funny and alive it was impossible not to go again.

Don't see it if You don't like your Shakespeare re-imagined for modern times. Or Shakespeare at all. Or wonderful actors portraying super fun characters.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you'd roll w/a freewheeling Cliff's Notes version of Twelfth Night. The actors shine though this version's pared down in the wrong places.

Don't see it if you're a staunch Shakespeare traditionalist.

Irreverent, Entertaining, Fast & furious, Hilarious

See it if you know your Shakespeare, because this production twists and turns it on it's ear (but you'll laugh so hard, you won't care)

Don't see it if you're a Willie S. purist and don't care for the liberties a Public Theater show takes with his words

Also Sit back, laugh and don't take it too seriously. It's a hoot and half!

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A talented cast perform Shakespeare with a Latin flair & music to go with it, a hilarious romp and a fun show. Shakespeare for the masses.

Don't see it if If you are a Shakespeare snob and don't want it changed or need it verbatim...this is not the show for you then.

Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you'd enjoy a compact modern twist on a classic Shakespearean play with Latin influence including music & some dialogues spoken in Spanish.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional Shakespeare, big productions w/ elaborate staging or if you dislike intimate space & actors playing multiple roles.

Also The performance by the actors were great. You could feel their passion... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if Don't bother! Amateurish and childish! A total waste of time!

Don't see it if Just don't see it. You must have better things to do!

Hilarious, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy comedy and would like to see a new take on Shakespeare classics. And it's soooo funny!

Don't see it if You only like traditional Shakespeare and don't want to be entertained.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Overrated, Clever

See it if enjoy a different take on Shakespeare. support up and coming talent.,

Don't see it if you are a person who only enjoys classic Shakespeare.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You are in the mood for a fast paced, irreverent and cleverly staged version of this Shakespeare's play. It is a lot of fun

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare the old fashioned way. The whole text has been " revisited " and now has a strong Latin/Caribbean vibe.

Fun, Cheeky, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if a pared-down parody and modern take on a classic would amuse you

Don't see it if if what is written above would be distasteful to you

Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if you want a modern twist on the play and want an accessible, funny version of the classic. it's really easy to keep up with!

Don't see it if You prefer a darker take, love traditional Shakespeare, don't like Latin music interspersed with the scenes, want a large scale production.

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like funky plays,latin music, diversity, lgbt,

Don't see it if U are serius, if you don't like diversity.

Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare, wish you liked Shakespeare, or are open to changing your mind about liking Shakespeare. This show is fun!

Don't see it if honestly, I can't think of a reason not to see it. It's hard to imagine that you won't enjoy it, and you can't beat the price!

Also This is a fast-paced, energetic production of one of Shakespeare's cle... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and appreciate a more contemporary staging.

Don't see it if you only like traditional Shakespeare.

Delightful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a wonderful, super fun 90-minute Twelfth Night. Fabulous direction. Fantastic performances. Maybe my all-time fave Olivia.

Don't see it if I guess if you hate Shakespeare for some reason? It's FREE. You should see it.

Also I'm a huge fan of the Mobile Unit and the work they do. I'm consistent... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare set in modern times, thus making it more relatable and easier to comprehend

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Shakespeare, or believe it should be kept in the 1600's style

Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to see a refreshing production of a Shakespeare play, done in accessible manner, by a company with an admirable raison d'etre.

Don't see it if You have a cold, dead heart. I'm grateful I got the chance to see Twelfth Night! Really, maybe if you truly don't want to see a comedy.

Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Inventive, Madcap

See it if you love great Shakespeare, or want to find out why people do. Modern and vibrant, with tour de force performances and great added music.

Don't see it if you prefer "traditional" Shakespeare, or you look at the poster for this show and don't think "aw hell yeah, I wanna see THAT 12th Night."

Also Best interpretation of Olivia I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot of p... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Confusing, Funny, Great staging

See it if You have never seen the play or you love the play and want to see a new, creative, energetic, shorter version of it with an impressive cast.

Don't see it if You want a traditional, full-length production of the play.

Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a fast-paced and funny Shakespeare, if you like multi-cultural casts and adaptations, and if you like some cast interaction

Don't see it if you want elaborate sets and costumes, or if you don't prefer any changes or adaptations to the text

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You are interested in a contemporary twelfth night

Don't see it if don't like Shakespeare

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to see a modern take on a great Shakespearean play with great and funny actors

Don't see it if Your not comfortable with a intimate play experience

Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you like the spectacle of theatre, and appreciate diversity in performance.

Don't see it if you are unable to suspend your disbelief and just enjoy a show.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You love a solid revamp of a hilarious show. Accesible, idyllic and entertaining.

Don't see it if Shakespeare, even greatly reimagined for a contemporary audience is not your thing.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You like seeing a fresh take on a famous Shakespeare play, have a great sense of humor, you enjoy when cast is having fun performing

Don't see it if You don't like updated versions of a Shakespeare play

April 28th, 2017
“This frantic staging does offer some amusements…But it also suffers the fate of many an outreach show produced by institutional theaters including the Public: It’s not as good as the usual fare…It’s a convoluted and ridiculous plot that demands clarity in performance but mostly doesn’t get it fr...
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May 3rd, 2017
“A funny and colorful freestyle riff on Shakespeare's romantic comedy…With the complicated plot compressed to an hour and a half, there's little time for subtext, but the company is obviously having a blast playing the comedy's broad strokes in a festive atmosphere of frozen drinks and poolside f...
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May 9th, 2017
“A fast, funny production that is designed to let Shakespeare speak to modern audiences…The approach works because it is solidly grounded in the text, and because the words are so well spoken….A couple of staging bits go a little far over the top for my taste, but never mind: This festive product...
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April 27th, 2017
"Unrelieved, and unrelievable, madcap abandon, with each new scene and complication colliding with the one before it as though it's trying to outswim a shark. This robs the play of a lot of its elevated poetic nuance, and makes the fun almost entirely visceral...It works for what it is: an ultra-...
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