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See it the 2nd or 3rd night…

Or any of the remaining 7 nights that the Warehouse Theatre’s current production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night runs. One of the Bard’s most beloved comedies, TWT’s captivating version opened to an enthusiastic audience last night.

Twelfth Night is a story of a shipwrecked Viola who, believing her twin brother Sebastian drowned, disguises herself as a man (Cesario) and goes into service to Duke Orsinio. The Duke, in love with Countess Olivia employs Viola, disguised as Cesario to court Olivia. This results in an odd triangle where Orsinio loves Olivia, Viola loves Orsinio and Olivia loves Cesario.

Shakespeare includes many of his favorite devices including, cross gender identity, disguise and making a fool out of a particularly pompous foil. This tight knit cast pulls them all off to perfection. They are an enchanting ensemble redux, as each of them effectively plays at least 2 characters. Each of the actors’ performances is laudable with no redundancy between or among their different characters.

Angelina Mussro is just spectacular in the dual (Or is it three?) roles of Viola/Cesario and Sebastian. She shows an impressive range and is totally convincing regardless of whom she is playing. If she had been just cast as Sebastian, I would have accepted it as she pulls it off so well. She, of course, has no trouble as Viola but, remarkably, she brings yet a third persona to her Cesario with no hint of either of her characters, except when needed. She gained many new fans last night.

Read more of this Carolina Curtain Call review by Lou Buttino HERE.

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