By Arlene McKanic - “Twelfth Night” is based on what may be the dumbest premise in all Shakespeare. We’re supposed to believe that male and female twins, who we must assume have achieved puberty, are indistinguishable from each other when the girl dresses up like a boy.
Certainly, no one in this wacky play, delightfully put on by Queens Shakespeare Inc., can tell them apart. What, has Sebastian not experienced a growth spurt? Has his voice not changed? Does he not have to shave once in a while? Of course, it’s all beside the point — this is Shakespeare and even his silliness is magnificent. And let’s not forget the poetry and sparkling, unmatchable wit: check out this exchange between Feste, Olivia’s clown, and Malvolio, her steward:
I played Antonio in the show. This was the second time in 2008 that I was doing Twelfth Night, this time with a company called Queens Shakespeare. I did yet another run of the show in 2009 at the Flea Theater (for which I also composed the music). The following review of the Fall 2008 production was published in the Queens Times Ledger on November 24, 2008:
Queens Shakespeare stages delightful ‘Twelfth Night’