“Twelfth Night” Review: A youth-focused production of a Shakespearean comedy.
By Terry Teachout
August 27, 2020
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Florida Repertory Theatre, which webcast a superior production of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” back in April, is now streaming a delightful modern-dress version of “Twelfth Night” that is performed on the simplest of sets by six of the company’s non-Equity acting interns. Intended to be performed in local high schools as part of the company’s “Theatre for Young Audiences” program, this hour-long staging, adapted and directed by Bill Kincaid, was taped just before the pandemic shut Florida Rep down. While I can’t imagine a better introduction to Shakespearean comedy for adolescent audiences, I also got considerable pleasure out of it—the youthful cast romps through the play with contagious energy—and if you feel like spending a happy hour with Shakespeare, this “Twelfth Night” will leave you smiling.
—Mr. Teachout, the Journal’s drama critic, is the author of “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.