Twelfth Night | Oak Park Festival Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Twelfth Night The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2013

Lavina Jadhwani's surfer-movie version of Twelfth Night takes the action of Shakespeare's 1602 comedy and transposes it to the world of Beach Blanket Bingo. Alas, the past two rain-filled weekends have been more English than southern Californian; three of the last eight performances have been rained out. But a little rain can't dampen the comic spirits of Jadhwani's sharp, gifted ensemble. Every comic turn in this complicated tale is executed with grace and verve. Will Clinger (as Malvolio) and Scot West (as Feste) in particular turn in the kind of subtle, intelligent performances that make even Shakespeare's more forced comic scenes laugh-out-loud funny. Even more impressive, though, is how well this production brings out the deeper tones in the play—both lead females, Viola and Olivia, are dealing with the deaths of beloved siblings—without damaging the comedy. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-25



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