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41 Star Starred
City Lit Theater
2nd Floor of Edgewater Presbyterian Church 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Chicago, IL 60660
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"Twelfth Night"
58 ratings
4.3 average rating
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MMMcClowry Red Velvet
39 events
2 reviews
8 stars
attended Jan 25 2008

This play was absolutely delightful. The actors are phenominal including priceless expressions and not a missed line amongst them. If I have time, I plan to see it again. This is not to be missed!

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7 reviews
21 stars
attended Feb 10 2008

it was really well done, but I didn't love it

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4 reviews
2 stars
attended Jan 19 2008

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

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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.

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