The 50's style costumes are terrific (bravo, Sheila Tabaka!), and the beachfront set is beautiful (bravo, Ray Oster!).
In the Director's Note, Nadine Purvis Schmidt writes, "One thing that struck me in preparing for this production is how modern the play feels. With their colorful personalities, conflicts, pranks, and confusing love lives, many of the characters in Twelfth Night would be right at home on today's reality TV shows. The way scenes flow and are structured reminds me of film and television--scenes shift quickly and often, there are few extended monologues and there is much interaction between characters who come and go and reappear."
Shipwrecks, survivors, gender-bending, comic sub-plots are all part of the fun. And nobody beats Will Shakespeare for snappy word-play, great dialogue, and the ability to capture our full humanity from the foolish to the arrogant to the noble. As writers we need to "fill the well," expose ourselves to the best writing whether that's in print, on the screen or on the stage. And you can't do better than Shakespeare on that score.