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A Thai twist on the Bard

An all-star cast deliver a generally entertaining, if a little inhibited, adaptation of Twelfth Night

Who wouldn't be excited when some of Thailand's greatest living comedic actors gather for a Shakespeare romp? And even though the vivacious and capable cast of Dreambox's Thai-language production of Twelfth Night (or as it's alternatively known, What You Will), deliver a generally entertaining show, the play at times suffers from its own inhibition and faithfulness to the Bard's text.

A scene from Twelfth Night. Photo courtesy of Dreambox

Setting the play in the Elizabethan era is not the problem here, but it's the focus that's strong on plot and weak on pacing, nuance and interpretation. Director Suwandee Jakravoravudh, the latest recipient of a Silpathorn Award, has had many successes with comedies and has worked with some of these actors for decades, but she takes frustratingly few liberties with the play. The strongest statement of this production seems to be that it's a Shakespeare play.

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