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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2016

“Love thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers,” says Duke Orsino, Illyria’s resident voluptuary, and few could disagree after taking in Midsommer Flight’s Twelfth Night at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, where big-finned palms and gadding vines nod you all the way to your seat. The sumptuous garden atmosphere bleeds into the play, which is well acted and endearingly staged by director Beth Wolf. Nick Loumos is an excellent, princely Orsino; Meredith Ernst is also wonderful as the humble Viola, in disguise as his page boy. As Orsino futilely attempts to woo the countess Olivia (Kanomé Jones), the courtly intrigue offsets the earthy repartee of the play’s underclass. Chris Smith sounds all the proto-Falstaffian notes in his fine reading of Toby Belch, while Alex Mauney, who sings beautifully, is a touch oversexed as Feste. —Max Maller

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