Twelfth Night

By Rough Magic Performance Company
Written by William Shakespeare (sort of)
U of M Rarig Center Thrust

Follow storm-tossed Viola through Shakespeare's beloved classic, honed down to its essence in this comedic adventure of love lost, love thwarted, and love found in the most unexpected places.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12 and up.

 Friday, 8/1 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Wednesday, 8/6 @ 5:30 p.m.
 Friday, 8/8 @ 8:30 p.m.
Audio described
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 1:00 p.m.
 Sunday, 8/10 @ 7:00 p.m.
Read the reviews

Shakespeare in technicolor

by Kathy Ahlers on August 11, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

The spare, pared-down plot skeleton is breathed to life with several memorable role portrayals in a colorful visual design. Great over-the-top but not overdone characters, and plenty of funny bits. Lots of fun. I thoroghly enjoyed it!

Great Cast

by Mickey Foley on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 23 shows

A great cast carries this abridged version of Twelfth Night. Even with all the subplots cut out, the main plot stands alone quite well.

Play on!

by Aseem Kaul on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 16 shows

As with its sister production 'What You Will', this is a delightful, professionally done Shakespeare production. Strongly, strongly recommended!

Messing with Will

by David Trudeau on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Purists hate the idea of rewriting Shakespeare but Fringe gives special artistic license to theater and this "twin" production of Twelfth Night uses that license to make a memorable dual production. I had to see them both to really get it, although either of the play fragments stand alone. Lovely acting, directing, concept by a bunch of notable pros.

Well Done

by Emma Dalen on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 18 shows

It’s not easy to rewrite a Shakespearean play and have it make sense. RMPC managed to rewrite Twelfth Night in a way that made sense and still told the main story in an interesting way. The cast was composed of talented actors who seemed to understand the language, which is extremely important in a Shakespearean show. The use of the instruments tied the performance together. Great use of the area behind the set to tell some of the subplots that would have otherwise been forgotten. The set went well with the costumes and matched the tone of the play. I didn’t like the blue led lights that were strung along the edge of the stage. They were distracting and they drew my eyes away from the action. An interesting and well performed production.

Fine, not compelling

by frayed edge on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 33 shows

If you want a perfectly good, inoffensive theatre, this is your show. It's a generally well done, enjoyably staged, professional production with an well trimmed script. From there I found it lacking.

Maybe it needs to be a full script, or done back to back with it's mated play, or a more intimate set, but nothing stood out. There was no "this is amazing" moment or concept.

I was excited to see this and it's paired play, I do not feel the need to see the other now.

5-amazing theater-see it. now.
4-must see fringe-make time
3-average fringe-worth seeing
2-mediocre fringe-don't bother
1-bad fringe- no.
0-no. warn others


by Shannon Elliott on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

What a fantastically simple staging, loved the concept and delivery. Strong ensemble and a lovely setting. I know I'm going back for What You Will.

A Little Dull

by Mark Long on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 34 shows

So much has been made that this show is part of a two-show Shakespeare combo that perhaps my expectations were high. I didn't connect with any of the characters and therefore didn't find the production very compelling. I commend the companies for being ambitious and creative in linking two shows, and it wasn't a bad show, I just didn't care for it that much.

Heart of the Play

by Patrick Pfundstein on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Where 'What You Will' reveled in physical humor, and gut laughs, Twelfth Night lives in the mind and heart, in Shakespeare's language, and in some really great acting. (It bears repeating for this review that the cast is freakishly talented.) Both shows are great in their own right, but together they make a bigger sum. It was a lot of fun seeing echoes of one show in the other, so catch them if you can!


by Meredith Mertz on August 6, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

I wanted to see something more than Clif Notes for Shakespeare with perhaps a bit more mugging than the norm. I do so love the verve and verse of the Bard and ALL the actors perform to the highest of quality.


by Jacob Edholm on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

I'm not the biggest fan of Shakespeare, only in the sense that I'm kind of tired of seeing shows that relate. However, this show certainly entertained me and was definitely funny.

Well done

by Barbara Torkelson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This was a fun show with fun music and an interesting concept of splitting into two halves.

I will make an effort to go see the second piece as well.

Okay, Great!

by Scotti Thompson on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Okay, fine. But let's just do it in the park. Full-length. I get it, yet I don't. Sigh.

Solid interpretation

by Jeb Hagan on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 7 shows

Nice, straightforward performances all around. Costuming choices are especially smart and really transport the characters to the tropical beach setting. Overall funny, accessible, and sweet.

Bard Love

by Margarite Dante on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

If you like Shakespeare, which I do, everyone of your favorite characters is there, on stage, being played with gusto and non-fear. Stripped down to one hour and the barest of necessities, the language is the key. I love it!

Twelfth Night

by Molly Henke on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a fascinating production of a classic with its companion, What You Will. The company is first rate. The play moves right along with Shakespeare performed performed at a good pace of wit and sensitivity. I never thought Twelfth Night could be cut in two. It can offering a fresh slant.

See What You will after Twelfth Night for the best appreciation.

The First Half Of The Duo

by August Berkshire on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 52 shows

A typical Shakespeare comedy of identities, subsequent errors, and romance. It takes good skill and acting to make Shakespeare's language and intent accessible to ordinary modern day theater-goers like us, the way it would have been in his day, but this cast succeeded remarkably well at it.

I saw the companion production, What You Will, first without remembering anything about Twelfth Night. Each play can be enjoyed without reference to the other, but it is really best to see both of them. If you can, see Twelfth Night first, though it doesn't make that much difference. Each one fills in the missing pieces of the other.

OK Shakespeare

by Dave Larson on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

I was interested in this show because of the quality of the acting company, and it was real Shakespeare, not some goofy Fringe thing. I did like it, but a few of the actors were not quite up to the language, and in particular, Viola was a bit wooden. If you like Shakespeare, give it a look. I'll probably see the companion show, What You Will.


by Caroline Toll on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 15 shows

Cleaved down the middle, this is a wonderful play wonderfully rendered.

Cast and crew

Terry Hempleman


Catherine Johnson Justice

Adapted by

Sasha Andreev

Malvolio / Antonio

Sam Bardwell

Sir Andrew

Terry Hempelman


Alayne Hopkins


Catherine Johnson Justice


Katie Kaufmann


EJ Subkoviak

Sir Toby

Clarence Wethern


Emily Zimmer


Ivar Hendrickson

Stage Manager

Minnesota Fringe
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