The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1258. Friday, 26 December 1997.
Date: Tuesday, 23 Dec 1997 11:16:45 -0700
Subject: *Twelfth Night*
I watched TN on Starz last night with Imogen Stubbs and Helena Carter.
I'm interested in your reaction. I though it slow and dark, which might
appeal to one writer in this forum who criticized the Utah Shakespeare
festival because it didn't emphasize the dark side of the comedy
enough. Actually I thought that the Utah production was a lark.
Sir Toby was great in last night's production. A real scumbag, but I
liked the Sir Andrew at the festival much better. He was very tall and
his costume made him look ridiculously so. He had strawlike hair, which
the text suggests, and he delivered every one of his comedic lines so
brilliantly that the audience missed nothing. Either the dramaturg for
last nights production cut most of Sir Andrew's great lines, or the
director chose not to let them blossom because I missed almost all of
The two who played Sebastian and Viola looked very much alike. Were
they twins? I especially liked Viola's "Wonderful!" when she sees that
there are two Cesario's. There was quite a depth of lust there.