New Swan Shakespeare Festival's Twelfth Night

You’ll understand the “no late seating” warning if you first take in the amazing New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s sustainable, portable outdoor mini-Elizabethan theatre in daylight hours, a reproduction built adjacent the Langson Library which is gorgeous even without the actors and audience. Constructed seasonally on the UC Irvine campus, this ultimate, intimate multi-tiered theater-in-the-round summer venue complements nicely the troupers’ innovative, smart adaptation of Twelfth Night, the farcical romantic comedy favorite with something to please everybody—twins, shipwreck, jester—with this one set in the early days of Hollywood talkies. Some theater is born great, New Swan achieves greatness, and you should by all means have theirs thrust upon you.

Sun., July 13, 8 p.m., 2014

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