Theater: Humming the Sets

Top designer Bob Crowley makes sweet music with his evocation of a Twelfth Night neverland

Aladdin couldn't have found a more magical carpet than the one painted on the stage of the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Manhattan's Lincoln Center. Rich, rosy and speckled with peacocks, it stretches back for what seems like miles--into the past, into the fantastic topography of Shakespeare's Illyria, into a delicious dreamworld. A last perfect touch: the carpet is flanked by two small pools, suitable for bathing and wallowing, where villains can be dunked and lovers share a kiss. The set is the playgoer's first cue to enchantment; before a word is spoken in this rapturous revival of Twelfth Night, designer Bob...

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