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400 Star Starred
Bruns Amphitheater
100 Gateway Blvd. Orinda, CA 94563
510-548-9666
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4.2 average rating
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59 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 10 2008

I was a bit disconcerted with the bizarre costume sets (rave/glam wear?), but enjoyed the raunchy humor & overall silliness of the play. I had great seats (3 rows from the front!) which I enjoyed. I just wish a slightly more "traditional"...continued

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17 reviews
16 stars
attended Sep 11 2008

Always a treat. This one has entertaining songs, even for the introductory credits before the show starts, and the get-ups alone are scene stealers. The Andy Warholish ambience (set, costumes, stage business) adds craziness to an already...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 10 2008

Took my boys to see this as a "first Shakespeare" experience. The baudiness went right over their heads, which was good, and they LOVED the show overall.
The one Cesario/Sebastian/Viola actor approach was a little confusing to them when the...continued

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Description

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, noted for its romance, cross dressing and mistaken identities, also touches on issues of gender, ambition and love. Director Mark Rucker says he will address “gender as the boundary, the limit in this story; it restricts the relationships. What happens if a man feels himself falling in love with a man—but can’t let himself accept that?”

Rucker previously directed Cal Shakes’ productions of Richard III in 2007 and Romeo and Juliet in 2001. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Rucker’s other Bay Area credits include The Beard of Avon by Amy Freed at ACT, Culture Clash’s The Birds at Berkeley Rep and Luminescence Dating by Carey Perloff at Magic Theatre/ACT. His feature film debut, “Die Mommie Die!,” won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Recent American Conservatory Theater MFA graduate Alex Morf will play both Viola and Sebastian, the twins who are separated during a storm at sea. Morf was seen in Cal Shakes’ production of Pericles and received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for his work in ACT’s The Rainmaker. Bay Area favorite Sharon Lockwood will play the dour servant Malvolio; she was last seen at Cal Shakes in Richard III and Restoration Comedy; other recent Bay Area credits include ACT’s Tis A Pity She’s A Whore and The Government Inspector. 

The countess, Olivia, will be played by Dana Green, who recently appeared in The Constant Wife and The Play’s the Thing at Asolo Rep, and spent four seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada. Duke Orsino will be played by Associate Artist Stephen Barker Turner, last seen at Cal Shakes as Orsino in As You Like It and in the title role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

About the Ticket Supplier: California Shakespeare Theater

The California Shakespeare Theater is committed to being a leading community citizen by nourishing the imaginations of audiences, artists and learners of all ages. We are dedicated to creating boldly imagined and deeply entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare's plays, fresh rediscoveries of important works of World Theater, and new works inspired by classic literature. Through our Artistic Learning programs, we are devoted to providing meaningful and accessible educational opportunities to a diversity of learners throughout the Greater Bay Area.