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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Clever, Refreshing

57
Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You like your Shakespeare on the nose, with the message spelled out.

Don't see it if You like the original songs in Twelfth Night. They are all cut, and replaced with songs that are not as good.

50
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you are interested in what can be done with Twelfth night, to see Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you aren't into musical adaptations of Shakespeare's work. The show felt juvenile and made choices that were not consistent throughout.

During previews
69
A cast of thousands? as per its "community" style, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Songwriter-singer shaina taub is a rising star, broadway next??

See it if Blending Shakespeare with original music has been a hit/miss endeavour in years past, but this version is more hit than miss. Bway vets help

Don't see it if IF U like your Shakespeare PURE then this may not be 1 for you. But if U are willing to listen to the Bard's words musicalized then play on!

Also Some sample song excerpts:... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Entertaining, Dizzying, Indulgent, Overrated, Messy

See it if you like community theater and party-like atmospheres for your shows. Nikki James is excellent and it's a bright colorful production...

Don't see it if it's also a mess. It was so busy and inconsistent that I often didn't know where to look and the acting ranged from great to amateurish

During previews
60
Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if You’re a fan of Shakespeare in the Park. If you haven’t seen one of the dozen productions of this in the last few years.

Don't see it if You want to actually see Shakespeare or something reasonably close.

Also This production seems like a vehicle for Taub. When you involve commun... Read more Read less


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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