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
85
Avg Score

During previews
90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Joyful theater that captures the essence of the original and adds a super score. Wonderful staging brings clarity to a complicated tale

Don't see it if you need Shakespeare to be Shakespearean. If you do not appreciate inclusive casting. If you prefer to be sad rather than happy.

During previews
82
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want a lovely summer night spent watching theatre outdoors with a modern musical twist on Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're some sort of close minded Shakespearean purist

Also The actors, ensemble, and music are great, and they look like they're ... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love musical theater and can just let yourself have a fantastic evening under the stars at Shakespeare in the Park. Well done Shaina!

Don't see it if you don't like musical theater or adaptations. Enjoy the awesome community members are part of the cast (a huge number of them!)

During previews
90
Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You want to see an innovative reimagining of one of Shakespeare’s great comedies. Huge ensemble. Great costumes, Excellent singing voices.

Don't see it if You demand Shakespeare in a traditional format and don’t like modernized versions

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
84
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like outdoor theater with great music

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

During previews
93
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if You love music, fun, colors, and diversity on stage!

Don't see it if You like period Shakespeare, or dislike musicals.

Also This was so beautiful-- the design elements were phenomenal. The light... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if - You love inclusiveness! - For the bright, colorful design palettes - For the music inspired by the text! - Especially if you're deaf!

Don't see it if - You're easily distracted by weather - Bullying isn't a funny device for you - You'll be easily offended by the "originality" of the lyrics

Also Somehow we all forgot that Malvolio is bullied in this play. Unfortuna... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a modest but thoroughly joyful evening of musical theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for faithful adaptations of Shakespeare.

During previews
85
Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if If you love wonderful, outdoor musicals with talented people.

Don't see it if You are a traditionalist.

Also The opening onstage with the actors pre-show was great fun and really ... Read more Read less

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

During previews
85
Clever, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You wanna watch a Shakespeare musical

Don't see it if You love his language and want to hear all of it.


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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