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Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin

Posted: July 13, 2009 12:28 AM

Twelfth Night in Central Park

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Just came from the closing night performance of Twelfth Night in Central Park, produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre and it...was...fantastic.

To bring together this wonderful cast of some of the great performers in the American theatre and watch them create one of the best shows I have seen in the Park in quite some time was a rare treat.

Audra McDonald, Raul Esparza, Julie White, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Cumpsty, Hamish Linklater, David Pittu and Anne Hathaway were all remarkable. The entire cast, direction and production were remarkable. I left the theatre wondering, "Is there any piece Daniel Sullivan cannot direct?"

To watch Anne Hathaway take her place alongside some of the greatest Broadway performers of her generation was something to see. Hathaway is not even 27 years old, yet seems to do nearly everything right, whether it be on screen and now on the stage.

If you live in New York and enjoy Shakespeare in the Park or do so as a tourist when you visit here, please support the work of the Public Theatre. As a former board member of the Public, I urge you to visit publictheater.org (that's theatre but with the "er") and give what you can, no matter how small.

Evenings like the one I saw tonight are worthy of your contribution. It was a great production.