Twelfth Night – Free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park
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Twelfth Night – Free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park
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Twelfth Night – Free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(31 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great staging

An Afrofuturistic adaptation of the Shakespearean classic. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (31)

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76 Reviews | 18 Followers
95
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Hearing Shakespeare auto tuned was the best! The music and dancing added such a great layer to the show.

Don't see it if You want Shakespeare done the same old way.

207 Reviews | 29 Followers
95
Refreshing, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if This show is just knockout brilliant. A really great and thoughtful reinterpretation of Shakespeare with superb staging, acting & production

Don't see it if You just don't like really creative theater by great local cast. Read more

267 Reviews | 52 Followers
94
Practically perfect

See it if Just see it! Excellent acting, costumes, music, staging.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate outdoor performances.

353 Reviews | 64 Followers
94
Fun and funny, Visually stunning, Enchanting

See it if you are a Shakespeare enthusiast or have never seen or read one of his plays. You're a senior or you're a grade schooler. Very accessible.

Don't see it if I was sitting near a seven year old boy who cracked up laughing and cheered throughout the entire almost 2 hour production.

704 Reviews | 110 Followers
94
Funny, Enchanting

See it if Afro futurist free Shakespeare in the Harlem park. Fun, fresh, fantastic production with humor and joy. Also great singing and dancing.

Don't see it if Adapted/updated Shakespeare, Black culture-isms, outdoor theater, open/unassigned seating. 1 hour 50 minutes; no intermission. Read more

437 Reviews | 104 Followers
91
Masterful, Enchanting, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see an innovative version of Twelfth Night with superb production value! Highest quality with the lowest price! A special night

Don't see it if You don’t like outdoor theater and are a snob who thinks they must pay big bucks to enjoy a performance. Read more

177 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Entertaining, Great staging, Well-edited, Well-directed, Fun

See it if You like your Shakespeare short & fun with trippy stage effects & fun staging. Great turn by Kara Young (from Clyde's) Feste steals the show

Don't see it if You don't like Shakepeare ('cause even edited down it's too long) or you don't care of afro-futurism or the heat & humidity of a summer show

82 Reviews | 14 Followers
90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to laugh. You want free Shakespeare and fantastic acting. You enjoy outdoor theater.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see Shakespeare

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
July 12th, 2022

"This is one of those productions that make you feel lucky to be in New York. ... And if your nerves are as frayed as so many of ours are, you could do with the beautiful balm that is this show, working its magic beneath the summer sky as dusk turns to dark."
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Time Out New York
July 12th, 2022

"4/5 Stars! Streamlined to a single song-and-dance-filled act, Classical Theatre of Harlem's raucous mounting of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' features wonderfully broad performances that embrace the play’s humor and elucidate its poetry. For fans of romantic comedy, this free outdoor production at Marcus Garvey Park is a midsummer night's dream...It's racy and riotous—an unabashed crowd-pleaser that inspires snaps and squeals of approval throughout."
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Theatermania
July 11th, 2022

"Whatever faults there are in Cofield's production, the brilliance and continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great comedy still shines through."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 14th, 2022

It's a fully realized concept, adding a jolt of day-after-tomorrow flair to a production that knows where the laughs are in Shakespeare's tale of parted siblings, gender-bending disguises, and forged letters. Cofield, whose stagings of Macbeth, Antigone, and Seize the King (Will Power's updated take on Richard III) revealed his knack for starkly dramatic confrontations, here shows a taste for both sophisticated and broad comedy, aided by a nimble cast, many of whom ring changes on characters we know like old friends.
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