Havana, Cuba, was a wild place in the 1950s, famous for its wealth, its casinos and its tropical nightlife. It gets a little wilder once Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked off the coast and then separated. Each searches for the other in this moonlit city; Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and takes a job with Orsino, a man she finds to be exceptionally handsome. But Orsino is infatuated with Olivia, who will no longer see him. Orsino uses his new employee as a go-between, with "Cesario" pitching woo so well that Olivia begins to fall for him. Who can keep all the subterfuge, cross-dressing and parties straight anymore? Only the ever-drunken Toby Belch and his idiot friend Andrew Aguecheek seem to have their heads on straight in this cockamamie town. The Washington University Performing Arts Department presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
, set in 1950s Havana, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 17 through 20). Performances take place in the A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; 314- 935-6543 or www.edison.wustl.edu
). Tickets are $10 to $15.
April 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 19, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 20, 2 p.m., 2014