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    was one of the very finest things I've ever seen on a stage, in more than half a century of theatergoing. And you didn't even cover the extraordinary production values.

    I gather you did see Richard III as well, as did I. I wish I'd seen it first, so I wouldn't have been disappointed. While it benefited from the same meticulous production, it's still Richard III, a play that often leads otherwise excellent actors into paroxysms of scenery-chewing (I mean, Richard's a villain, we know it from the minute he opens his mouth, then what?), and sadly, it exposed Mark Rylance's limitations too. I previously thought he had none.

    Twelfth Night is a much better play. Even though it's "only" a comedy, it explores the depths of human feeling in a way that Richard's caricatures don't. And the cast were all up to that task.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 01:22:37 PM PDT

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