Twelfth Night: City Lit Theater Presents Shakespeare's Comedy
* Additional fees apply.
All offers for Twelfth Night have expired.
The last date listed for Twelfth Night was Sunday February 24, 2008 / 3:00pm.
Currently at City Lit Theater:
- Full Price:
- $22.00 - $29.00
- Our Price:
- $11.00 - $14.50
In 2009, Edward Albee surprised the theater community when he revisited and transformed his very first play, The Zoo Story, 50 years after it was first produced. Now, City Lit Theater Company is staging the reinvented play, retitled At Home at the Zoo. This enlarged and powerfully provocative reworking adds the prequel Home Life to Albee's classic Zoo Story. The new first act tells the story of Peter, a book editor, and his wife Ann. Though they seem to have it all -- house, daughters, cats and a pair of parakeets -- the couple struggles to find the spark in their marriage. The tone changes dramatically when Peter goes out to the park and meets Jerry. Jerry's desperate need to connect and his arsenal of oddball stories contribute to an ending that, more than a half-century later, still shocks. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
star this review starred report as inappropriate
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...continued
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.