I got to Central Park at about 6:30 AM to wait on line for tickets to Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Twelfth Night’. As a person who’s done this three times now, my best recommendations is to try and go in the middle of the run on a weekday (it’s playing Tuesday-Sunday until July 12th). The closer you get to the end of the run, the earlier you have to get there. Anyway, when I got there, there were only about 40 people ahead of me. Luckily, my roommate lent me her chair so I was sitting quite comfortably while I caught up on some reading and took a couple of naps while swatting away mosquitoes…
I’m rambling, you don’t care about how I got tickets.
The show was great. All the leads (it featured Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald) were good particularly Raúl Esparza (who all also loved in Piven-abandoned ‘Speed-The-Plow’). Hamish Linklater (Matthew on The New Adventures of Old Christine) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. He was hilarious.
What usually makes a great Shakespeare adaptation are the flourishes the director and the actors add to their roles and by that standard and this was no exception.
Side note: I know we discovered this during the most recent Academy Awards telecast but Anne Hathaway has a really nice singing voice.