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Sandy Actors Theatres Twelfth Night makes good first impression


After seeing Sandy Actors Theatre’s presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” I have a new appreciation for the genre in a small theater setting.

First impressions can be important, and Sandy Actors Theatre made a good one as the audience sat looking at the stage waiting for the show to begin.

The set was decorated with walls painted to look like marble, complete with columns and benches. It made for a beautiful yet simple setting for Shakespeare’s comedy about a pair of shipwrecked twins and what happens when the female twin disguises herself as her brother.

As with any production of one of Shakespeare’s works, I was worried if I would be able to follow, and although I’ve seen some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, I had yet to see “Twelfth Night.”

Luckily, Sandy Actors Theatre did a pretty good job of making Shakespeare’s confusing dialogue clear.

Amy Natalie Kammerer, as Viola, Curt Hanson, as Malvolio, and Patrick Roth, as Feste, really stole the show for me. All three actors were not only a delight to watch, they delivered their lines in a way that was clear and entertaining, washing away any fears I had of having to trudge through the play.

I particularly enjoyed Roth’s part. His portrayal of Feste kept the play light and humorous, while it also helped to ground it with his songs and intelligence. At times it seemed he was the only one to see the truth of Viola’s disguise.

His final song wrapped up the play and gave closure to the story. Roth played Feste extremely well with the ease of any actor well versed in Shakespeare’s works.

A few of the characters had a harder time of the dialogue. My suggestion would be to try to put as much expression into the lines as possible.

I felt a few of the lines at the plays opening were delivered in a monotone. Since I didn’t know the play and am most definitely not an expert on the language Shakespeare uses, I was slightly confused over the meaning of the lines and didn’t feel I got to know those characters as well as I would have liked.

I really enjoyed the interpretations that director Berta Limbaugh put into the production. She added to the witty dialogue with fun gestures and blocking.

The fun of watching the play was also added to with Anita Sorel’s somewhat whimsical costumes.