Twelfth Night, or What You Will
By Andrew Andrews
Based on my recent reviews of Once in Rhinebeck and Tennessee Rising in Manhattan, you probably already know that I’m a fan of outdoor
Under the direction of Kelly Galvin, the eccentrically-costumed cast really turns up the comedy, and the characters of Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Malvolio are delightfully over-the-top. Most of the rest of the
It’s well known that in Shakespeare’s time all of the roles were typically played by men, with many of them in drag. And while most modern productions turn the tables with female actors dressed as male characters, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare goes so far as to disregard gender norms all-together, with actors costumed according to their own identities. This brings the production firmly into the “20/20s” as America widely embraces Pride and lets go of its traditional gender binary.
Whereas many producers attempt (rather unsuccessfully) to modernize Shakespeare with anachronistic settings, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare breathes new life into Twelfth Night without even trying, just by being true to their generation and the progressive values of our time.
Andrew Andrews attended Twelfth Night, or What You Will at Emerson Resort & Spa Grounds in Mount Tremper on Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.