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Olivia adores Cesario, but Cesario only has eyes for Orsino. Of course, Orsino is stuck on Olivia. It’s a love triangle enhanced by mistaken identity, gender bending, and the long-standing British obsession with class.

The timeless comedic play “Twelfth Night” tells the tale of twins Sebastian and Viola, who survive a shipwreck, but are separated. Hilarity ensues, along with an ever-tangling web of romance.

In the original version by William Shakespeare, the characters fall for the wrong individuals, seek revenge, and make fools of themselves on landed estates in 17th century England. But in the modern Swiftly Tilting Theatre Project version, the characters drink, sing, make merry, and play pranks inside a jazz club. The atmosphere is enhanced by a musical score by jazz- and blues-influenced singer/songwriter Jenni Lark.

On Dec.  24, Swiftly Tilting’s “Twelfth Night” will begin an eight-performance run at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City at 2:30 p.m. With $12 tickets, the schedule is as follows: Dec. 26, 7 p.m.; Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 2, 7 p.m.; and Jan. 3, 4:30 p.m.


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