Twelfth Night at White Theatre
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
San Diego Reader -- In Merry Olde England, Twelfth Night was a last call for holiday cheer. After the 12 days of Christmas, the evening of January 5 was a one-night Mardi Gras: wine and sherry would flow; food got gobbled, and life went topsy-turvy. Come the morning, order would return.
Shakespeare's comedy (1602) extends the occasion for several days. Everyone in Illyria is stuck, almost statue-like, in fact. Duke Orsino swoons unrequited love for Olivia; she promises to grieve seven years for her deceased brother; Sir Toby Belch and the hearty party crowd are on a collision course with pickled livers. (Full Story)