When a ship carrying a brother-sister pair of twins sinks near the coast of Illyria, the sister, Viola, is washed ashore, and, assuming her sibling, Sebastian, has perished, she disguises herself as him and accepts a position as a page. However, she falls in love with his/her master the duke, whose only charge for his page is to woo a local noblewoman for him, but the Duke’s target instead falls for the disguised Viola, setting in motion a dizzying comedy of errors.
Shakespeare’s frolic about mistaken identity has a woman disguised as a young man in love with her benefactor who thinks she’s a mere boy, while the woman he is infatuated with is in love with our heroine. The girl’s twin brother, whom she thought was dead, shows up, complicating matters even further! The Bard insists you suspend all reality, but his language of thought and feeling makes for pleasurable listening.