Review: Twelfth Night in Kulturspiegel

Production photo from Jobsite's Twelfth Night. (Photo: Stage Photography of Tampa)

We’re thankful for the kind words from German radio’s Susanne Nielsen about our production of TWELFTH NIGHT! The original review in German is at the bottom, but since we assume most of our audience cannot read that, the English translation is first! 🙂

Joyful Start to 2024 with Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,”

seen and heard by Susanne Nielsen

Directed and adapted by David M. Jenkins with original music by Jeremy Douglass
 
January 17 – February 11, 2024 at the Jaeb Theater, Straz Center, Tampa, Florida

“If music is the food of love, then, yes then? It’s time again for a Shakespeare comedy, because who can bring him to the stage as well as Jobsite Theater? In the Shakespeare tradition of the Jobsite Theater, which is well known, there is an increasingly wider audience, now also the very young students housed in the new dormitories not far from the Straz, Jobsite as a culturally integral part of the West Florida theater scene. We agree with praise such as “No one ‘rocks the Bard’ as hard, as daring or as relevant as Jobsite and his actors,” from BroadwayWorld. It’s fun, you already know that because we have known the actors like Giles Davies and many others from the stage for a long time and have seen them grow with each role.

This time Shakespeare’s cheerful, exuberant comedy and always accompanied by imaginative music (composed by Jobsite’s award-winning Jeremy Douglass), a hurricane causes a ship carrying twins to sink and the young Viola believes that her twin brother Sebastian has drowned. And she wants to survive alone and disguises herself to explore this new, mysterious new land.

This is how the play begins, in which all kinds of confusion and love are brought to all kinds of confusion and yet to a good end. Giles Davies plays the elegant Prince Orsino, Roxanne Fay the rogue, and a surprisingly similar pair of twins are Noa Friedman as Viola and Newt Rametta as Sebastian.

There is a lot of fun in a female embodiment of Malvolio, who has been deceived by love (Katherine Yacko, such a wonderful cross-gartered comedian!), and Jared Sellick as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, who dances through the stage full of surprises. Kathryn Huettel’s Fabian is also a delightful recast in the role. All the actors, including some familiar faces, from the Jobsite Theater’s first performance in 2015 are listed on the theater’s website.

Great fun that you can always enjoy seeing on the stage of the Jaebtheater in a few years! A good choice to start 2024!

Spassiger Auftakt mit Shakespeares Twelfth Night beim Jobsite Theater  

Regie und Adaption David M. Jenkins mit Originalmusik von Jeremy Douglass

17. Januar – 11. Februar 2024 im Jaeb Theater, Straz Center, Tampa, Florida

„Wenn Musik die Nahrung der Liebe ist, dann, ja dann? “ ist es wieder einmal Zeit fuer eine Shakespeare Komoedie, denn wer kann ihn so gut auf die Buehne bringen wie Jobsite Theater? In der Shakespeare-Tradition des Jobsite Theaters, die man kennt,findet sich ein immer breiteres Publikum, inzwischen auch die ganz jungen in den neuen Wohnheimen unweit des Straz untergebrachten Studenten,Jobsite als kultureller fester Bestandteil der West Florida Theaterszene. Dem Lob wie „Niemand ‚rockt den Barden‘ so hart, so gewagt oder so relevant wie Jobsite und seine Schauspieler“, von BroadwayWorld schliessen wir uns an. Es macht Spass, das weiss man schon vorher, weil wir die Schauspieler wie Giles Davies, und viele andere schon lange von der Buehne kennen und diese mit jeder Rolle haben wachsen sehen.Diesmal also Shakespeares fröhliche, ausgelassene Komödie und immer mit einfallsreicher Musik (komponiert von unserem preisgekrönten Wunderkind Jeremy Douglass) unterlegt, bringt ein Wirbelsturm ein Schiff mit Zwillingen  zum Untergang und die junge Viola glaubt, ihr Zwillingsbruder Sebastian sei dabei ertrunken. Und sie will alleine überleben und verkleidet sich, um dieses neue, geheimnisvolle neue Land zu erkunden.

So beginnt das Stueck, bei dem Verwechslungen jeglicher Art und und Liebe zu allerlei Verwechslungen und dennoch zu eiunem guten Ende gebracht werden. Giles Davies spielt den eleganten Fuersten Orsino, Roxanne Fay den Schelm, und ein erstaunlich aehnliches Zwillingspaerchen geben Noa Friedman als Viola und Newt Rametta als Sebastian.

Viel Spass verbreitet in einer weiblichen Verkoerperung des hinters Licht der Liebe gefuehrten Malvolio (Katherine Yacko, wunderbare und total verstrickte Komoediantin!) und ein voller Ueberraschungen durch das Buehnenbild tanzenden Jared Sellick als Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Auch Kathryn Huettels Fabian ist eine entzueckende Neubesetzung der Rolle. Auf der Website des Theaters sind saemtliche Schauspieler, manch bekanntes Gesicht, der ersten Auffuehrung von 2015 des Jobsite Theaters aufgefuehrt.

Ein herrlicher Spass, den man in einigen Jahren immer gerne wieder auf der Buehne des Jaebtheaters sehen kann! Eine gute Wahl zum Auftakt des Jahres 2024!  

Noch bis 11.Februar 2024 im Jaebtheater, jobsitetheater.org

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