The key to the Warehouse Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare’s ever-popular “Twelfth Night” lies in the opening line: If music be the food of love, play on.
Music — both live and recorded — winds through the show, enhancing the mood and helping to propel an already sprightly narrative.
The broad outlines of the story are this: After surviving a violent storm at sea, Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself as a boy named Cesario and begins working for Duke Orsino.
Meanwhile, Viola’s twin brother Sebastian arrives in Illyria and, well, cross-dressing Shakespearean antics rapidly ensue.
Director Jayce Tromsness provides a razor-sharp cutting of the text that keeps the production focused on the main players and allows the show to slowly build momentum until it’s practically sprinting to the conclusion. He’s also put together a solid cast, all of whom handle the dialogue with clarity and ease.
Read more of this Greenville News review by Neil Shurley HERE.