“ZJU's “Twelfth Night”, Director Devin Has Stunned Us Again! Shakespeare Rocks!
THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi
Written by the Ol' Bard himself, William Shakespeare in 1601-ish (we thinks), created a comedy of confusion with this historically and critically acclaimed piece that has entertained audiences for centuries now. Zombie Joes Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood has a marvelous spring production of this piece that I can only say was inspiring – and funny – and just plain fun.
Director Denise Devin spun her Shakespearean ‘Magic Wand' again and interwove a complicated story into just about an hours' worth of the Bard's humor. She cast a colorful company, she sprinkled in some acrobatic dance and even a smidgen of music – as the entire company does sing and dance. Again, this is one of her fortes, Denise takes all the classics of Williams and makes them accessible for/to today's ADD attention span and makes them so much fun to watch.
In short the story goes somewhat like this…Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria and she comes ashore with the help of a captain. She lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believed to be drowned. Disguising herself as a young man under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino through the help of the sea captain who rescues her. It's a swap, confused, misdirected, switch of a love affair whereby…. Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino, creating a love triangle between Duke Orsino, Olivia and Viola whilst Viola loves Duke Orsino, Duke Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario. Confused? Good – because that's where all the comedy ensues.