Saturday, January 18

Review: The scene: a talent-laden stage

Somewhere in the middle of Theatre 40’s spirited performance of “Twelfth Night,” the servant Fabian (Rachael Lyerla) steps up to the audience, cheekily pulls down her character’s elasticized beard, and declares, “If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” Director Steven William, abetted by a more-than-able cast, seizes upon this line, one suspects, and turns his rendition of the play into a festival of metadramatic madness. Read more...


Review: Globe’s “˜Twelfth Night’ proves “˜most wondrous!’

In the Scottish play, a flabbergasted Macduff, not knowing what to make of the two sides he’s just witnessed of the exiled Malcolm, famously utters, “Such welcome and unwelcome things at once / ‘Tis hard to reconcile.” Macduff’s lines neatly sum up the Shakespeare’s Globe production of “Twelfth Night” now playing to sold-out houses at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Read more...


Review: Theatre 40’s “Twelfth Night” a worthy alternative to Globe’s

Somewhere in the middle of Theatre 40’s energetic, spirited performance of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” (not to be confused with the Globe Theatre version) the servant Fabian (Rachael Lyerla) momentarily steps toward the audience, cheekily pulls down her character’s elasticized Jewish beard and joyously declares, “If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” Director Steven Williams, abetted by a more-than-able cast, seizes on this one line and turns his rendition into a theaterfest of metadramatic madness. Read more...


Globe Theatre does Willie in drag

There has been an enormous buzz surrounding William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and its rendition of “Twelfth Night.” In anticipation of the production’s West Coast debut at Freud Playhouse Wednesday night, students and Bard enthusiasts at UCLA noted that Shakespeare remains the No. Read more...



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