April 19, 2016 |

Behind the Scenes: “Twelfth Night” at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater


By Logan Beck, Temple ’16

I had the opportunity to preview Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the final dress rehearsal, and I can tell you firsthand that it’s a must-see!

You can see it for yourself this Wednesday, April 20th at the Open Arts’ College Night Pssst…if you’re an Open Arts member, you can get exclusive tickets for only $5, but hurry, we have limited tickets left! Not a member? Sign up for free with the code: social1516.)

But before you head to The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater, be sure to stop by one of the many incredible food joints on and around Sansom Street, including Shake Shack. You might as well grab a shake before you see “Shake”speare right?

With a milkshake in hand, I give you my review of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

What do you get when you put a woman disguised as a man, a lovesick duke, a melodramatic countess, a scheming gentlewoman, an infatuated steward and and a town fool together in one long play filled with romance, miscommunication, and major mix-ups?

The answer? The basis for the popular teen movie She’s the Man, and a whole lot of hi-jinks, a whole lot of laughs, and not a dull moment to be had.

The clever cast instantly transports you to Illyria, a whimsical place where nothing is what it seems.

Each character, perfectly casted and portrayed, brings something different to the table, culminating in a hilarious, yet suspenseful dynamic that is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Before you get concerned about whether or not you’ll understand the Shakespearean language, know that the theater has your back with a super detailed program including a plot synopsis, a color coded chart of “Who’s Lovin’ Whom,” and a vibrant sneak peek at the incredible costume designs.

Whether you’ve seen every Shakespeare production from As You Like It to Romeo and Juliet or have never dabbled in Shakespeare at all, Twelfth Night is sure to make you laugh!


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