Twelfth Night

L.A. Theatre Works. Nov. 2022. 2:09 hrs. ISBN 9781682661659. $29.95. DRAMA
One of Shakespeare’s better-known comedies, this is a bounty of wordplay, bawdy jokes, sly humor, mistaken identity, and love. L.A. Theatre Works, known for their full-cast dramas, presents a vibrant new recording that will sweep listeners into this enchanting work. Separated from her brother in a shipwreck, Viola washes up on the coast of Illyria, where she disguises herself as a man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino is smitten with Olivia and sends the disguised Viola to present his suit. Olivia falls for Cesario, and, complicating the situation further, Viola falls for Orsino. The casting is exceptional, with standout performances from Stacy Keach as Olivia’s fool Feste, Sarah Drew as Viola/Cesario, and Martin Jarvis as Sir Toby Belch. Sound effects and music are included throughout the performance, heightening the live-drama feel of the recording.

CORRECTION: This review originally listed the wrong price for the audiobook.

VERDICT Full-cast audio is an excellent way to experience Shakespeare as the author intended, and this well-produced version will please both fans and listeners new to the play. Highly recommended for all audio collections.
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