Twelfth Night: Shakespeare’s Classic Comedy From Long Beach Shakespeare Company
Long Beach Shakespeare Company’s Richard Goad Theatre (Long Beach, CA)
Courtship, comedy and mistaken identity abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s gloriously gender-jumbled romantic tale. The lovesick Viola (disguised as the young boy Cesario) gets caught in a vexing love triangle with the dashing Duke Orsino who loves the countess Olivia who becomes smitten with Cesario. Throw in the puritanical steward Malvolio who believes Olivia actually loves him, the revelry of Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and the Fool Feste and the arrival of Viola’s twin brother Sebastian, and you have an evening of classic comic confusion featuring some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. The Long Beach Shakespeare Company sets its production in a mythical Illyria straight out of the Arabian Nights, with live music, belly dancing and pirates.