Review: Mark Rylance shines in 2 Shakespeare parts

November 10, 2013 • Entertainment

This photo provided by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Samuel Barnett, left, as Viola, and Mark Rylance, as Olivia, in the Shakespeare’s Globe production of “Twelfth Night,” directed by Tim Carroll, at the Belasco Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Copyright Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Rylance will have you pealing with laughter as he plays a repressed noblewoman in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” He’ll also, rather astonishingly, do the same as Richard III.

The superstar English actor finally reveals his Shakespeare skills to a Broadway audiences and it’s worth the wait: His Olivia is as wonderfully mad with passion as his “rudely stamped” monarch in “Richard III” is simply mad, veering from farcical buffoonery to a glint of the savage.

Both plays from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London that were also hits in the West End are being performed in repertory here and opened Sunday at the Belasco Theatre, offering a darkish comedy the lightest of stagings and a pitch-dark tragedy played for laughs.

They bring the plays alive, brilliantly and made immediate, even if “Twelfth Night” nudges ahead of its more homicidal cousin if the cost of seeing both is prohibitive, although the producers have admirably offered huge student discounts. Taken Login to read more

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