Twelfth Night | Lincoln Park Conservatory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Halie Merrill, Joe Sergio, Summer Hofford, LaKecia Harris, Ian Michael Minh, and Kristin Hammargren

Halie Merrill, Joe Sergio, Summer Hofford, LaKecia Harris, Ian Michael Minh, and Kristin Hammargren

Tom McGrath

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 17 2017
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Three factors elevate this production of Shakespeare's cross-dressing, love triangle-centered comedy by Midsommer Flight: (1) the clever and well-blocked use of the twinkly light and garden bloom-filled Lincoln Park Conservatory show-room setting; (2) the frequent flute, violin, guitar, and vocal interludes, directed by Elizabeth Rentfro, that help fill the magnificent backdrop; and (3) the hefty pair of hedge shears director Dylan S. Roberts takes to the running time, which is mowed down to a slick and mostly comprehensible 100 minutes. Stylistically, Roberts and the young cast lean into the broad silliness inherent in the story—Amy Malcom's Malvolio in particular is given license to ham it up to 11—which serves the story well even if there aren't any revelations. —Dan Jakes

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