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Review: Twelfth Night/Midsommer Flight | Newcity Stage
Meredith Ernst and Nick Loumos/Photo: Midsommer Flight RECOMMENDED Visually austere, acoustically clean, aromatically alive, the Lincoln Park Conservatory makes a fine setting for Shakespeare's most sensuous and musical of comedies. When the lovesick Count Orsino (a languorous Nick Loumos), smitten by the beautiful but prickly Countess Olivia (the striking Kanome' Jones), rhapsodizes about "the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets, stealing and giving odor," viewers need just inhale to understand his distracted state of mind. With this production, Midsommer Flight marks its arrival as an artistic force. Using the simplest of means, this youthful, talented troupe opens up a world of pleasure in Shakespeare's poetry and insight, while never pandering to the audience. The main plot, with its separated twins and mistaken identities, is ancient and generic. It is the downstairs subplot, in which servants and hangers-on scheme against Olivia's steward, the officious Malvolio,