out of 5
Review by Billie
Twelfth Night involves mistaken identity, drunkenness, playfulness, and love in idleness. Sebastian and his sister Viola are mistaken for one another. Sir Toby Belch and his friend Andrew are drunk most of the time and playing games. A serving woman named Maria isn't drunk, but plays games with the heart of a conceited serving man named Malvolio by making him believe that the woman he serves, Olivia, is in love with him. As for love in idleness, Malvolio is mad for Olivia (as mentioned), Duke Orsino is mad for Olivia, Olivia is mad for Viola (whom she thinks is a man), and some people aren't mad for any other people, but wind up marrying anyway. This is an odd play, and I would like to see a performance of it. So far, I cannot say I enjoy Shakespeare's comedies as much as I do his tragedies. And comparatively speaking for this play vis-a-vis the other comedies, it does not have nearly the lyricism of, for example, Rosalind's love encomiums in As You Like It, nor is it as generally fun as some of the parts of A Midsummer Night's Dream, especially the interactions among the 'rude mechanicals' (some of my favorite characters in all of Shakespeare's comedies so far).