Thursday, March 08, 2007


"What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;

An all-male production of Twelfth Night - in Russian - even under the Cheek by Jowl banner, didn't seem that compelling. In the event, it was yet another Complete Works triumph of the unexpected. A brilliant, ancient Feste, a handsome young Malvolio, a vodka-sodden Toby Belch, a feminine Olivia, combined with a ferocious Russian melancholy to produce a memorable evening.

Margot Channing wrote,
"a piece that's bursting with visual eloquence and performed with stunning fluidity by an all-male, all-Russian company that manages to display not only all of the play's humor, but also its melancholy emotional core."

Personal Star Rating [out of five]*****


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