Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

by Sean Fitzpatrick '04

February 5-7 marked the opening weekend for William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The play, nearly selling out on Thursday night, also runs February 12-14.

Twelfth Night represents a true Shakespearian comedy. "The phrase I would use to sum up this play would be mistaken identity," said Tim Posada ’05, who played Duke Orsino. "Everybody just loves the wrong person."

The play begins with Duke Orsino expressing his love for Olivia, who he cannot have. Soon afterward, Viola, who is under the impression that her brother drowned in a shipwreck, disguises herself as a man to come work for Duke Orsino. The love confusion begins when Olivia falls in love with Viola because Olivia is under the impression that Viola is a man. Viola falls in love Duke Orsino, but the duke also thinks that Viola is a man. More characters miscast their love adding to the already awkward yet comical situation.

The actors were fantastic, reciting the complex Shakespeare language flawlessly. The play was full of laughs, action, and drama.

The play will continue February 12-14. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for APU alumni, and $5 for APU students, faculty, and staff. For further information, contact the APU Drama Office.