Shakespeare has used up all of his twelve nights and more, and so the Court Theatre production of the classic comedy of love, Twelfth Night, will end its run as scheduled, on June 15. Karin Coonrod, a staple of New York City's downtown theatre scene, directed the mounting, which began previews April 7. Opening was April 22. The show ran in rotating repertory with Trevor Griffith's Piano, which began its run March 30 and continues through June 17.
In this mounting of Shakespeare's comic tale of star-crossed love, the cross-dressing Viola of Kate Fry loves Lance Baker's Duke Orsino, who is dumbstruck by Carey Peters' Countess Olivia, who think she loves Cesario (really Viola in disguise), but ends up marrying Viola's twin brother, Sebastian, played by Guy Adkins. This is all to the chagrin of John Reeger's officious Malvolio, who thinks Olivia loves him.
Coonrod is the artistic director of Off-Off-Broadway's experimental Arden Party troupe. She has directed Henry VI at the Public Theater and King John at Theatre for a New Audience.
Tickets are $24-$38. The Court Theatre is located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. For more information, call (773) 753-4472.
—By Robert Simonson