Notes: Like so many of Shakespeare's comedies, Twelfth Night centers on mistaken identity, gender bending disguises and the madness of love.
Viola is shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria. Believing her twin brother Sebastian has drowned, she masquerades as Cesario, a young male page for the nobleman Duke Orsino, tangling herself in a messy romantic triangle. Viola falls in love with Orsino, but cannot tell him as he thinks she is a man, while Olivia, the object of Orsino's affection, falls for Viola, believing her guise as a man.
Meanwhile, more miscommunication, jealousy and mischief ensue with a merry group of pranksters living in Olivia's household tricking the sour servant, Malvolio, into believing his mistress wishes to marry him.
Director Artemis Preeshl tackles one of Shakespeare's most musical pieces with comedia del art flair; Twelfth Night looks at questions of identity, gender and social class, asking what makes us who we are?
Twelfth Night will run in the Marquette Theatre at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, on April 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 @ 8:00 p.m. and April 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12, general admission and $8, students and senior citizens and can be purchased at http://www.montage.loyno.edu. Group rates are available. Please call (504) 865-2074 for information.