Twelfth Night

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Photograph: Kevin Hellmuth

William Shakespeare’s classic comedy is a tale of disguise and mistaken identity in which look-alike siblings get separated during a shipwreck and find themselves in a mess of blind love and royal courtship, tangling with drunken knights and a mischievous fool. Director Casey McClellan’s take on the complex plot is brilliantly simple; the tight BAMA Theatre Company needs little more than two guitars, one trunk and Shakespeare’s centuries-old verse to capture the audience and have us rolling with laughter. (William Brock's Toby Belch and Matt Renskers's Andrew Aguecheek are especially hilarious.) Don't let the nearly three-hour length deter you: The time flies by in this memorable Night at the Fringe. (Visit our Fringe Festival page for more reviews, and fringenyc.org for more information.)—John Colburn