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Gender Confusion The Shakespeare Way

Theater: ‘Twelfth Night’
Miles Anderson and Cloteal L. Horne in Shakespeare & Company’s “Twelfth Night.” Photo by Daniel Rader

The plot of ‘Twelfth Night,” currently on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., is really quite simple.

She loves the Duke, but he think’s she’s a he, since she dresses like one after washing up on shore after a boat wreck that she thinks killed her twin brother.  So, he sends her/him to plead his case to the countess he believes he loves ... except the countess then falls in love with him/her thinking it’s he, not she.  

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