September 4, 2016

Everybody’s pretty much crazy in love in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” so it seems natural to include a shout-out to the Beyoncé song of that name in the contemporary musical adaptation of the play that finishes a brief Labor Day weekend run on Monday night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. As in the similar previous productions from the Public Theater’s Public Works program, which bring together professional and amateur actors as well as civic and cultural groups, almost anything and everything goes in this free-spirited, thoroughly delightful gloss on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy — the full title of which, after all, is “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.” No sign of Big Bird this time, as there was in the production of “The Winter’s Tale,” but a giant stuffed Pikachu, of Pokémon fame, makes an appearance. (Full disclosure: I had to consult my companion to identify him. Her? It?)