The slim, open-faced, androgynous Cherie Corinne Rice plays both the disguised Viola, neat in short curls and striped livery, and Viola's twin brother, Sebastian, who despite being believed drowned washes up on Illyrian shores to precipitate a stack-up of mistaken identity. A cool, cocky Sebastian in seaman's sweater and cap, Rice is a natural yet well-spoken Viola, both amused by and trying to stay out of the confusion of which she is the center. She even handles with dexterity the final scene (in which the two characters finally appear together), morphing between siblings by opening a few buttons or donning the cap. Still, the lack of two twins does take away from the tenderness of the pair's reunion.
Only Joe Wilson Jr., a sonorous storm cloud of an Orsino whose sharp diction is not enough to pierce his self-indulgent suffering, seems blind to the broad-comic lightness of the proceedings. Perhaps he's on a one-man mission to supply the absent ache. But the usually excellent actor's Orsino is more smoldering sulk bucket than melancholy swain.
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