TWELFTH NIGHT & WHAT YOU WILL
Every so often, evidence arises that acting might just be the most satisfying profession on the planet. Take the company called Bedlam, which is putting on not one but two inspired productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in a small and airless room in the garment district that seats about 50, and making you feel like its members are the luckiest people alive.
Ben Brantley, The New York Times (CRITICS’ PICK)
Bedlam Theatre Company, which specializes in small-scale, no-budget classical revivals that are both radically innovative and winningly playful, has scored yet another success with its double-barreled Twelfth Night.
Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
As if Shakespeare’s penchant for gender-bending weren’t challenge enough, Bedlam reassigns the dozen-odd roles of What You Will—its subtitular twist on Twelfth Night(which it performs, in a folksier version, on alternate nights)—to a mere five actors. Confused yet? You will be, but it’s all part of the fun.
Sandy MacDonald, Time Out New York (CRITICS’ PICK)