Twelfth Night: City Lit Theater Presents Shakespeare's Comedy
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Master of fantasy Neil Gaiman's novel of a young girl who discovers a sinister new world comes to the stage in a musical adaptation by multiple Obie-winning playwright David Greenspan, with a score by indie-rock band The Magnetic Fields' singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt. In this dark fantasy, a young girl named Coraline discovers a magic door that leads to a strange new world where toys sing and dance and adults give her all the attention she craves. But there's something not right about this place. For one thing, all the grown-ups have black buttons for eyes, and it only gets weirder from there. Translating Gaiman's singular imagination into music, Merritt wrote a score for three different types of piano, including a toy piano for Coraline's songs and, to capture the off-kilter fantasy world, a "prepared" baby grand with various foreign objects attached to the piano strings. The results will transport you to a bizarre wonderland. Learn More
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Featured review from Mike Costello
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This was an excellent performance of "Twelfth Night," which has been my favorite Shakespearean play (at least of the ones I have read/seen) since college. With rare exception, the performances were very good and accurate to what we presume that Shakespeare intended. My girlfriend and I both thoroughly enjoyed the show, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s joyous comedies, and features what may be the most complicated love triangle in any play. Viola, a shipwrecked stranger in Illyria, has disguised herself as a man and entered the service of the duke Orsino. She falls in love with Orsino, but cannot reveal this to him without also revealing her true identity. Orsino loves the countess Olivia, who will have nothing to do with him. He sends the disguised Viola to Olivia as his emissary, and the countess promptly falls in love with the man she supposes Viola to be.
The play also features one of Shakespeare’s best-known comic subplots, the running battle between Malvolio, Olivia’s pompous chief of staff, and the fun-loving denizens of the household led by her aptly named uncle, Sir Toby Belch.
The cast for City Lit’s production is as follows: Jeremy Cudd, Mike Dolson, Melanie Esplin, Vanessa Greenway, Nick Lake, Julian Martinez, Joe McCauley, Robert McLean, Frank Nall, Matt Rudy, Tiffany Joy Ross, Paige Smith, and Conor Woods. The design team consists of Branimira Ivanova (costumes), Jared Moore (lighting), Hazel Marie (props), Marcus Stephens (set), and Robert Steel (sound and original compositions).
Jay Paul Skelton is Producing Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival at the University of Notre Dame. He most recently directed Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs at Pegasus Players, and Bizet’s Carmen for Opera Theatre North at Ravinia Festival. Other recent credits include Ravel’s opera The Bewitched Child for the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Jeff-nominated world premiere musical Camp Nimrod for Girls for Live Bait Theatre. He adapted and directed TimeLine Theatre’s To Live as Variously as Possible, about the life and work of poet Frank O’Hara, for which he received an After Dark Award for Outstanding New Play Adaptation. In addition, Jay received an After Dark Award for directing Eclipse Theatre’s Porcelain. He has also worked at the Goodman, Lifeline, Silk Road, Mary-Arrchie, Next, About Face, Organic, CollaborAction, Circle, Chicago Dramatists and Theatre on the Lake, among others. He is on the teaching staff of Act One Studios in Chicago and is Assistant Professor of Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame.