Twelfth Night | Mayslake Peabody Estate | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 8 2010

First Folio never passes up an opportunity for extravagant stagings, and Shakespeare's festive, riotous comedy can take everything director Michael Goldberg throws at it--including a change of venue to 19th-century India. A surprisingly unhokey choice, the Raj provides an exotic yet familiar setting that neatly corresponds to the Bard's fantasy land of "Illyria." Henry Marsh's original score weaves a subtle enchantment in the background while Goldberg's cast--heavy on Chicago acting veterans--work the stage with ease and dexterity. Nick Sandys plays marble-faced straight man Malvolio with killer comedic instinct, and coltish Minita Gandhi proves herself in her Shakespearean debut with a charming, earnest performance as romantic lead Viola. --Keith Griffith

Price: $18-$28

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