Twelfth Night (The Classical Theatre of Harlem)
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Twelfth Night (The Classical Theatre of Harlem)

Twelfth Night (The Classical Theatre of Harlem) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(17 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Clever, Great staging

A return engagement of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's acclaimed run of Shakespeare's classic.

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Member Reviews (17)

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663 Reviews | 293 Followers
Featuring afro-futurism?!, Fine/surprising new take on will's best comedy, Incandescent and hilarious

See it if triumph 4 director Cofield combining wonderful dance, song, set/costumes & myriad verbal/physical comedy licks; superb cast esp minor roles

Don't see it if cuts make plot difficult 2 follow 4 those new 2 play; humor is broad, over-the-top; still audience's clapping along by end Read more

455 Reviews | 69 Followers
Fun, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A real fun evening of a clever updating of this comedy. You'll walk out smiling.

Don't see it if you're a purist about Shakespeare, it might not be for you.

260 Reviews | 54 Followers
Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Fast-paced

See it if It’s visually intriguing, loud & lively, straining hard to make Shakespeare accessible. Best performances: Feste & Aguecheek.

Don't see it if The acting is wildly overblown & excessive. Everything is shouted, every emotion exaggerated. It drains the humor & sense out of the play.

157 Reviews | 119 Followers
Indulgent, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if you’re in the mood for a fun, silly production of Twelfth Night that takes some liberties with the text but remains (mostly) faithful to it.

Don't see it if you think broad physical humor that verges on (and sometimes crosses over into) over-the-top zaniness doesn’t belong in a Shakespeare play.

119 Reviews | 21 Followers
Fun, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love a creative, fresh version of a classic. LOVED the staging, costumes & cast. Kara is a hit. Was a delight, hope it goes further!

Don't see it if you want the straight-up classic version.

90 Reviews | 17 Followers
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like (very) fresh takes on classic works of art that will wow you and make you laugh.

Don't see it if you are hoping to see something traditional.

87 Reviews | 36 Followers
Ambitious, Great staging

See it if phenomenal lighting, generally pretty engaging, inventive scene changes

Don't see it if acting was competent but felt a bit strained at times, some haphazard bawdy slapstick is supposed to be appropriate for a Shakespeare's Read more

88 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absolutely the ultimate theater experience

See it if The ultimate theater experience from every possible angle.

Don't see it if you want to spend years regretting you did not see it

Critic Reviews (4)

New York Stage Review
February 13th, 2023

“Though ‘Twelfth Night’ isn’t one of Shakespeare’s most verbose plays, CTH has trimmed it down to a tight 100 minutes—losing none of the laughs in the process.”
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February 14th, 2023

When the Countess Olivia played by glamorous Christina Sajous declares “How wonderful!” in the final scene of The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s return engagement of its production of "Twelfth Night," she most likely has the whole audience in agreement. Director Carl Cofield has created a colorful, imaginative and humorous staging of a comedy classic that usually has two melancholy leading characters and is not very funny. Add music and dance to the talented cast led by the dynamic Kara Young as well as visual stage pictures which are very cinematic and you have a top-notch revival for audiences of all ages.
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Theater Pizzazz
February 18th, 2023

“I’ve seen every adaptation of Twelfth Night imaginable...But this is the first time I’ve seen the play slide so beautifully into a contrived period: a blend of techno-futurism with flourishes of stately nobility.”
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Front Row Center
February 16th, 2023

"I will be using this production as the high bar for any future 'Twelfth Night' I see."
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