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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has grown from a small workshop taught by Sally Boyett-D'Angelo in summer 2009 into a thriving young company that is already a full member of this county's established nonprofit performing-arts community. The reason for this rapid rise quickly became apparent during my recent visit to a rehearsal of the coming production of Shakespeare's hilarious tale of love and mistaken identity, "Twelfth Night," to be offered in the company's new Bowie Playhouse venue.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Something is delirious in the state of Illyria. This fictionalized Balkan setting in Shakespeare's antic comedy "Twelfth Night" has been given quite the makeover in a giddy, irresistible revival at Center Stage. It's not surprising to see a Shakespeare work transposed to a more modern era, in this case the late 1930s. What counts is how dynamically the change has been accomplished. Josh Epstein's scenery, dominated by tall, elegantly styled doors, suggests a movie set of the period.
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By Dorothy Fleetwood | January 4, 1996
Back in the 18th century, Christmas was a time for family and friends, feasting and entertainment. The merriment went on for days, 12 to be exact. The season then concluded with a Twelfth Night Celebration -- more feasting, entertainment and the ritual of the burning of the greens.At the Francis Land House in Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday you can witness a Twelfth Night Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will move back in time to 1783 as interpreters, dressed as Francis Land and members of his household, welcome guests.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company has grown from a small workshop taught by Sally Boyett-D'Angelo in summer 2009 into a thriving young company that is already a full member of this county's established nonprofit performing-arts community. The reason for this rapid rise quickly became apparent during my recent visit to a rehearsal of the coming production of Shakespeare's hilarious tale of love and mistaken identity, "Twelfth Night," to be offered in the company's new Bowie Playhouse venue.
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By Patti Restivo | June 27, 2011
Connecting teen audiences to the classics can be tricky, but the Laurel Mill Playhouse Shakespeare Teen Theater's summer production of "Twelfth Night" successfully sticks to the basics and offers pure Elizabethan fun. Director Michael Hartsfield, of Laurel, wisely sets the show as written — in ancient Illyria on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, a decision as necessary to creating an authentic atmosphere as James Raymond's artfully designed set...
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Something is delirious in the state of Illyria. This fictionalized Balkan setting in Shakespeare's antic comedy "Twelfth Night" has been given quite the makeover in a giddy, irresistible revival at Center Stage. It's not surprising to see a Shakespeare work transposed to a more modern era, in this case the late 1930s. What counts is how dynamically the change has been accomplished. Josh Epstein's scenery, dominated by tall, elegantly styled doors, suggests a movie set of the period.
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January 5, 1992
The Francis Land House in Virginia Beach, Va., will be host to its Twelfth Night Celebration tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Christmas Day in the 18th century was a strictly religious observance. Socializing began the day after Christmas and continued for 12 days, ending with the Twelfth Night Celebration. The Land House celebration is a step back in time to that era with costumed interpreters in the role of Francis Land, his family and friends. Costumed guides will conduct tours of this decorated plantation home, built in the mid-18th century.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 11, 1991
Following intermission in Center Stage's production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," Feste the clown comes out and hams up a series of famous speeches from Shakespeare's greatest hits -- "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello," etc.It's like a TV ad for a cassette of classical favorites -- except Feste, played by former circus clown Robert Dorfman, throws in a few bars from "West Side Story" and even a reference to "Tea and Sympathy."The point -- stressed during the stand-up comedy routine with which Mr. Dorfman introduces the play -- is that in "Twelfth Night," anything goes.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | April 11, 1991
TWELFTH Night" is a Shakespearean comedy (with music) that lends itself to elaboration, and Center Stage is doing that, with excellent results.The comedy, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a tale of mistaken identities, one in which Viola, disguised as a boy, falls in love with Orsino, who loves Olivia, who loves Viola, not knowing the boy she loves is really a girl.Viola's twin brother, thought dead, reappears and is mistaken for Viola. Mix-up follows mix-up until all this business is settled at curtain.
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By Donna Rifkind and Donna Rifkind,Special to the Sun | January 9, 2005
The Madness of Love By Katharine Davies. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 208 pages. $13.95. There is plenty of love but not nearly enough madness in this update of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by a British novelist who was born not far from Stratford-on-Avon in 1968. Davies's adaptation, an ambitious debut, is certainly faithful and clever, but more than these virtues may be required for this work to hold its own as a novel. The book's setting is contemporary Illerwick, a tiny Welsh village by the sea, where infatuation has spread among the residents like a fever.
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By Patti Restivo | June 27, 2011
Connecting teen audiences to the classics can be tricky, but the Laurel Mill Playhouse Shakespeare Teen Theater's summer production of "Twelfth Night" successfully sticks to the basics and offers pure Elizabethan fun. Director Michael Hartsfield, of Laurel, wisely sets the show as written — in ancient Illyria on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, a decision as necessary to creating an authentic atmosphere as James Raymond's artfully designed set...
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2010
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is finally getting around to putting the "all" in their annual Free for All performances of the Bard's beloved classics. This year, the D.C. troupe — arguably the third best Shakespeare company in the world — is restaging its inventive and much-lauded production of "Twelfth Night" for 22 performances through Sept. 5. And for the first time, the theater is trying out an online lottery system that should ensure that audience members from Baltimore actually have a shot at the roughly 500 tickets that will be up for grabs before each show.
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November 15, 2009
Today 'The Bike Project: A Visual, Literary, and Cinematic Celebration of Biking in Our World' Exhibit will be on display through today at Howard County Community College's Rouse Company Foundation Gallery and the Art Department Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Exhibit includes writing, artwork and photographs that explore the biking experience. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-772-4512. Jazz concert Bassist Max Murray, drummer Frank Russo and pianist Alan Blackman perform at 4 p.m. in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway.
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By Meredith Cohn, Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Raven Smith, Tim Smith and Michael Sragow | December 11, 2008
ARTS 'Labyrinth of Peace' Living Labyrinth for Peace by visionary artist and labyrinth builder Sandra Wasko-Flood runs through Jan. 10 at the Sub-Basement Artists Studios, 118 N. Howard St. Unlike mazes, labyrinths have one path that leads to the center and back. Wasko-Flood's Rainbow Labyrinth of Peace is an interactive installation of computer-programmed lights, designed to be walked. The exhibit also includes a labyrinth workshop Saturday, a peace workshop Dec. 20, a poetry reading Dec. 27 and a "peace panel" Jan. 3. Go to sbastudios.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun theater critic | June 25, 2008
As the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary with the production of Twelfth Night that opens Friday, it is grappling with major decisions that could change its fortunes. After a decade and a half, the company has yet to establish a real foothold in Baltimore. It continues to struggle artistically and, as a result, doesn't attract a large audience. Many productions have been emotionally remote, or earnest and plodding. Directors have cast skilled actors but have failed to make the best use of their talents.
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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,Special to The Sun | September 5, 2007
Labor Day is the unofficial end of the lazy days of summer, but for more than a dozen young residents of a Severna Park community, it began the countdown to showtime. Since July, the tweens of Ben Oaks have been rehearsing almost daily, twisting their tongues around the "thees," "thys" and "ays" of William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night and their brains around the complexities of its mistaken identities and romances. "Sometimes it was a drag--my friends all running off to do things, and I had to practice," said Jamie Murray, 14, a freshman at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2010
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is finally getting around to putting the "all" in their annual Free for All performances of the Bard's beloved classics. This year, the D.C. troupe — arguably the third best Shakespeare company in the world — is restaging its inventive and much-lauded production of "Twelfth Night" for 22 performances through Sept. 5. And for the first time, the theater is trying out an online lottery system that should ensure that audience members from Baltimore actually have a shot at the roughly 500 tickets that will be up for grabs before each show.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,special to the sun | April 6, 2007
During her more than 25-year association with Anne Arundel Community College's Moonlight Troupers, performing arts department Chairwoman Barbara Marder has not witnessed a single Shakespeare production at the college, recalling that A Midsummer Night's Dream was offered about 30 years ago. From what I observed at last Thursday's rehearsal of Twelfth Night, it is about time the Bard got on the boards. The play looks to receive fine treatment from the drama club cast when it opens April 13 for a brief run at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,special to the sun | April 6, 2007
During her more than 25-year association with Anne Arundel Community College's Moonlight Troupers, performing arts department Chairwoman Barbara Marder has not witnessed a single Shakespeare production at the college, recalling that A Midsummer Night's Dream was offered about 30 years ago. From what I observed at last Thursday's rehearsal of Twelfth Night, it is about time the Bard got on the boards. The play looks to receive fine treatment from the drama club cast when it opens April 13 for a brief run at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts.
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By Kate Campbell and Kate Campbell,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2005
William Shakespeare declared that "all the world's a stage" in As You Like It, and the Mobtown Players' cast of Twelfth Night has taken him literally. The outdoor production will be set around the weather-beaten pump house near an old reservoir at the Maryland SPCA in Hampden. "It's got this lovely old patina -- kind of reminiscent of what you'd see in Italy," said Noel Schively, the production's managing director. Italy? What happened to Illyria, present-day Albania, on the Adriatic Sea, where the Bard set his cross-dressing shipwrecked love triangle?
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