First Nighter: Bedlam Company's Double Go at "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" Perhaps Too Much Bedlam

March 30, 2015 1:00 AM

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Gender bending on stage is as old as Greek tragedy where men played women's roles, and in masks. The policy held--without the masks--in Elizabethan theater. Indeed, it wasn't until Charles II took the throne that women played women. In the last century or so, it hasn't been uncommon for men to take on, for example, the role of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest.

Nevertheless, Bedlam is stretching the practice beyond previous boundaries with their latest undertaking, at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. One of the company members has come up with--or more of them have come up with--the notion of doing William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will (which ...

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