St. Louis residents can see Shakespeare in Forest Park

June 13, 2013 by  

St. Louis, Missouri audiences can enjoy one of William Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, ‘Twelfth Night’, at Art Hill in Forest Park, although they need to be quick as it comes to an end this weekend.

Admission is free and the weather looks to be warm and mostly dry, ideal for enjoying a snack outside and watching one of the Bard’s most well-known plays.

The play has been running since May, and reviews have been outstanding. An opening night audience almost filled Shakespeare Glen, the venue of the performance. The play, like most of Shakespeare’s comedies, is filled with clever plot twists, including instances of mistaken identity, cross-dressing, wild coincidences, and a great many bawdy lines and double entendres.

The convoluted plot involves twins separated by a storm at sea who both wind up in the same strange country, but who believe the other has drowned. The girl, Viola, disguises herself as a boy and goes into the service of Duke Orsino, with whom she promptly falls in love. Unfortunately, the Duke is pining after Olivia—who falls in love with Viola (who is disguised as “Cesario”) as soon as she sees ‘him’.

Add in a pompous servant, rowdy shirttail relatives, and way too much wine and the play takes off like a rocket. Rick Dildine directs and Scott C. Neale provides the scenic design, and together they manage to evoke the magic of Shakespeare’s greatest works.

The producers could work with brochure printers to create a hand-out that explains the plot and includes photos of the sets. It comes to an end this Sunday, June 16.