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Twelfth Night 

When: Feb. 24-28, 7:30 p.m. and March 4-7, 7:30 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 577-7183
Price: $15-$30, $15-$28/seniors, $15/students
www.charlestonstage.com

The Twelfth Night is often considered Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, a tale of love and cross-dressing. Now, almost 400 years after it was first published, Charleston Stage’s performance of the play trades in men in tights for mob bosses. Julian Wiles, the acting company’s founder, has taken the infamous comedy out of  the 1600s and placed it in the Roaring Twenties. Merry Olde England is now gangland Chicago, the Duke is now a mob boss, Viola owns a speakeasy, and Malvolio tends the bar. And the whole thing culminates not in a shipwreck, but in a shoot-out. Charleston Stage is out to prove just how timeless Shakespeare’s work truly is. Luckily, unlike in the Bard’s day, the men in this production won’t be wearing flapper costumes. —Susan Cohen

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