Twelfth Night | Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2009

The central design element of Josie Rourke's production of Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy is a great big pool, front and center. In more pretentious hands, it might serve as a symbol of the fluidity of identity or some such thing, but here it's mostly used as a way of restoring a sense of fun to a work whose melancholy and moral complexity can turn stage interpretations dour or sour. With the help of a giddy cast, Rourke mostly clears away the dark clouds that hang over Illyria, and though her version's sunny disposition sacrifices some depth (except in Larry Yando's riveting turn as priggish, much-abused Malvolio), it's a nice reminder that the play is, after all, a comedy. As at Sea World, the first row may get wet. --Zac Thompson

Price: $44-$70


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