Hathaway Stuns in Twelfth Night Under the Stars

Rave reviews for Shakespeare in the Park debut
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 8:08 AM CDT
Anne Hathaway and Raul Esparza in a scene from the Public Theater's production of 'Twelfth Night,' running through July 12 at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.   (AP Photo/The Public Theater, Joan Marcus)
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(Newser) – New York theater critics are giving raves to this summer's free outdoor production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Anne Hathaway. For Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Hathaway has "the unmistakable glow of a natural star" and invests the shipwrecked Viola with "a bright humor that feel spontaneous and unforced." And with Hathaway in drag, in a tight-fitting blue jacket and men's riding boots, "I probably don’t need to tell you how lovely she looks."

"Everything just comes together" in this "buoyant" Twelfth Night, says AP critic Michael Kuchwara, who singles out Hathaway and Audra McDonald for acclaim. In Variety, David Rooney calls the production "almost three hours of pure pleasure" and wonders if it won't help the movement for same-sex marriage—it's "an enchanting endorsement of love in defiance of convention."