Twefth NIght

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Some 400 years after his plays were originally composed, messing with Shakespeare is not only acceptable for contemporary productions, but also frequently a must. Twelfth Night has already been tinkered with in She’s the Man (considered by many to be the highlight of the Amanda Bynes oeuvre), so it’s not like Fullerton’s STAGEStheatre is committing some type of sacrilege with its performance of the romantic comedy, which purports to be “infused with new music” and “extreme physical comedy.” That may seem like an odd fit, but the original text of Twelfth Night is plenty wacky as it is, featuring cross-dressing as a vital plot element and taking place during the titular “merrymaking” (read: copious booze) holiday. It’s basically the Elizabethan equivalent of, well, an Amanda Bynes movie.
Sundays, 2 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 20. Continues through April 3, 2011

 
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