Twelfth Night

Jan. 9—Feb. 16 $20–$55
Synetic Theater at Crystal City
1800 South Bell St., Arlington, VA 22202
(866) 811-4111
This Synetic production still feels like a cover version of Twelfth Night to me, unreformed wordist that I am. But it looks great and it sounds great (there’s music throughout) and like any good cover, it renews your interest in the source. As always, the fluid athleticism of the Synetic ensemble is a wonder to behold. Sebastian (Alex Mills), the twin brother to our heroine Viola (company co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili) rolls his torso around his neck as though it’s had a few more points of articulation installed as an aftermarket upgrade. All of the performers move like they’re less in thrall to stupid old gravity than the rest of us. In inventing the prude Malvolio only to denigrate him and send him to the madhouse, Shakespeare seems to endorse the pursuit of merriment as a life-affirming force. Synetic’s fleet, energetic interpretation may have cut his words, but they’ve captured his meaning well enough. [CK]

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