Already closed | 1h 30m | Upper W Side

Twelfth Night (The Public Theater)

From 112 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing

About the show

The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park presents a re-imagining of Public Works’ 2016 musical adaptation of 'Twelfth Night.' More…

Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (112)


Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing
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Exuberant, Delightful, Clever, Diverse, Joyful

See it if you want to feel better abt humanity. While TN doesn't closely follow WS, Taub's musical captures its essence. You'll find yourself smiling.

Don't see it if you only like traditional WS...or dislike musicals...or only like professional actors on stage. The aim here is different and it succeeds!

Also Shana Taub is a huge talent. I loved her (and her songs) in Old Hats..... Read more Read less

Fun, Entertaining, Creative, Great music

See it if Great musical reimagining of the classic. Very fun and fast paced. Keeping the best/doing away with the rest.

Don't see it if You want your Bard served classic.

Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if A modern refreshing musical take on Shakespeare. Clever adaptation with great music. Accessible for everyone and 90 min!

Don't see it if You are a purist and don't like different takes on a classic.

Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Understandable, Funny

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare in The Park. This is a fun show. Lots to look at. (Maybe too much at times.) Original and fresh.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare. They’ve made it more understandable than it often is’s still Shakespeare.

Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Resonant

See it if If you like Shakespeare, this is one of the best shows I have seen. Public did a great job with this one. Great directing Great all around

Don't see it if If you do not like Shakespeare. If you not like shows outside.

Entertaining, Musical, Funny, Colorful, Unfulfilling

See it if you think the Bard needs a composer & lyricist; you'd rather see an original musical based on Twelfth Night and not the actual play itself.

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist [His language is heavily redacted]; you don't like Shaina Taub [This is very much in her voice].

Also Don't see it if... you're in it for the romance [This production weigh... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if you want a fun evening out of doors. The heart of the play is intact while the costumes, music and jokes keep the audience entertained.

Don't see it if you want a traditional rendering of the Bard's work. The huge cast and constant movement can be distracting.

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Inclusion for all

See it if 12th Night has a cast that includes professional actors, amateurs, ASL, and amazing music, that gels into a perfect mirror of NYC culture.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional performance of a Shakespeare play with professional actors. Are not open to diversity or imperfections.

Also The Public Theater’s production of 12th Night is a magical mixture of ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Quirky, Fun

See it if You like well made musicals based off of Shakespeare. Good for people new to the Bard and don't want to decipher his language.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist and only want his words. You don't like amateur actors mixed with true professionals. You don't want a fun nigh

Entertaining, Colorful, Communitytheatre - esque, Unfocused, Too much going on

See it if high energy, colorful, new musical take on 12th Night with lots of community actors & handful of seasoned pros will float your Bardic boat

Don't see it if need your Shakespeare unadulterated, need focus on who's speaking/singing, hate messy, don't know story before hand, dislike outdoor shows

Charming, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy musical adaptions of Shakespeare with a jazzy, diverse and gender bending bent. This was fun, catchy and lively, even in the rain.

Don't see it if you don't care to have your Shakespeare tampered with and you don't enjoy musicals.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if you want to see a musical adaptation of Shakespeare. It's fun, the songs are catchy, and it's overall very entertaining.

Don't see it if you're looking for a classic production of Twelfth Night or you don't want to sit outside in the August heat.

Funny, Great writing, Fluffy, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you would enjoy a streamlined musical version of Twelfth Night scored by Shania Taub (you would).

Don't see it if you’re a Shakespeare purist.

Great writing, Refreshing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you need something to put a smile on your face and temporarily restore your faith in humanity.

Don't see it if you're expecting the play Twelfth Night. This is cute, the music is great and it brings our community together as only the Public can.

Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You’d like to see Shakespeare set to music. Great music by Shaina. Good mix of original work with modern touches.

Don't see it if You only like classically stages Shakespeare.

Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if Want the highlights in a feel good group production

Don't see it if Miss the language

Loads of fun, Shakespeare would have liked it, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musical adaptations of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You are a purist.

Also Before I saw the show, I was wondering how the Public would manage to ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

See it if you like Shaina Taub (who doesn't); Shakespeare; or musicals. This is a full-blown, short (90-minute) musical version of Twelfth Night.

Don't see it if you're expecting a straight Shakespeare play or don't like fun reinterpretations.

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if Shakespeare for the YouTube generation. Good musicality and lovely performance by Taub.

Don't see it if Shakespeare purist. Not all actors on par; diction issues.

Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You like the rock musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona. This is closer in feel to a musical based on a Shakespeare work.

Don't see it if You are a Shakespeare originalist. Dislike changes to his works.

Also "Is this not love?" - Feste... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Good songs, Diverse casting, Entertaining, Uneven

See it if You want to support the admirable mission of Public Works.

Don't see it if You loved Shaina Taub's "As You Like It" and are expecting a show and cast of similar calibre.

Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if Shaina Taub’s songs & inclusive ensemble cast mixing professionals and a cross section of fellow city residents makes this a winning combo

Don't see it if No reason except if you don’t have time to try to get to see this delightful play with a great message of empathy and gender diaparity

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you're up for a light-hearted evening, a hugely diverse cast, lovely original music and voices, and a bit of Shakespeare thrown in.

Don't see it if you need your theater serious or educational. You're outside, there's Shaina Taub, frozen sangria, music, and laughter. Go. Enjoy.

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a new, current musical that is based on the Twelfth Night characters/themes. You are interested in a new interpretation.

Don't see it if You are expecting Twelfth Night - this isn't it - in any sense. However, it is a most enjoyable new musical interpretation of the classic.

Also I found that this interpretation made the underlying themes more under... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You want a very fun score. A clear and entertaining take on the Bard's comedy. A show stopping performance by a supporting character.

Don't see it if You want Shakespeare's words. Mind that some of the songs are forgettable.

July 31st, 2018
"A sweet alternative reality...summoned by Kwei-Armah and Eustis, and Taub...What they and their team have conjured is a Platonic ideal of the crazy salad that is New York City in the silly season...Taub and Kwei-Armah have extended the original play’s consideration of the ambiguities of identity...
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August 1st, 2018
“Colorful, free-wheeling musical adaptation...As fast as it is loose: It has been trimmed to a fleet 90 minutes...Not much of Shakespeare's language remains, but the storytelling is lean and clear. In addition to Taub, who has a knockout voice, a few other seasoned performers anchor the cast adep...
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July 31st, 2018
“I found myself spending long portions of the ensuing ninety minutes wondering why, despite my sincere desire to be swept up in the show’s cheerful shenanigans, my heart wasn’t quite in it...The play’s tale...remains intact—and, I should say, perfectly legible—but the heartbeat of its text is dul...
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July 31st, 2018
“Illyria has never been so welcoming...This freewheeling version...proves a consistent delight. Purists may blanch, but everyone else will be thoroughly charmed....Despite the broad humor on display, the adaptation doesn't stint on the piece's emotional power...It's the amateur performers who tru...
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