Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No.735. Wednesday, 14 September 1994.
Date: Tuesday, 13 Sep 94 09:10:18 -0500
Subject: *Twelfth Night* in Minneapolis
This weekend I had the opportunity to see a new company in Minneapolis, The
Burning House Group, perform *Twelfth Night* in a large warehouse-like space
with a group of six actors: the result was quite remarkable. The group is
interested in actor-driven (rather than director/ designer) theater, and the
core founders have a terrific range of experience. This first production was
directed by actor Christopher Bayes, currently a member of the Guthrie company,
previously with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. It's a very physical production,
especially in relation to the clowns (but not exclusively). The necessary
doubling-tripling of roles worked beautifully most of the time, awkwardly in a
few spots. (Maria/Malvolia were doubled, which was VERY interesting--and worked
well.) The acting was wonderful all round. The show plays for one more weekend;
I recommend it to anyone in the area.