George Bernard Shaw's Fanny's First Play
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In the strange land of Illyria, boys will be boys (except when they're girls), fools are wise and the dead often turn up in perfect health. Such is the setting of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's most addictive romantic comedy. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck, each thinks the other has gone to a watery grave. Washing up on the shore of a foreign country, Viola dresses up in her brother's clothes and disguises herself as a man. Later working as a servant in a duke's court, Viola (now known as Cesario) tries to gain favor among the powerful. Meanwhile, Sebastian has to fend for himself aboard a pirate ship only later to wind up ... in Illyria. Mix-ups abound in this wild tale directed by David Servillo for the young and energetic Foundling's Theatre Company. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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For me, this is a three star play - meaning, "I liked it". Four stars would be "I'm glad I didn't miss it" and five stars means "You must see it." So this is a three star event, in my view. You have to like Shaw, for starts, and his plays require intellectual engagement, albeit with the issues of a century ago - women's suffrage, class distinctions, & the like. But you have to pay attention to what is being said. Given that, this was an enjoyable performance, albeit a bit broad, to the point of caricature. The roles are doubled, but easy to handle.
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