Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night

Photo by Sara Krulwich, The New York Times

Photo by Sara Krulwich, The New York Times

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.


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