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This tale of shipwreck, love, and mistaken identity can only be told so many times before it gets tired. Leave it to Synetic Theater’s team to breathe new life into Twelfth Night while removing the play’s dialogue—and reimagining it as a 1920s silent picture. The company will channel Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel, and Hardy (and do the Charleston) as it tells the story of Viola, a devastated maiden who disguises herself as a man and becomes a servant to Duke Orsino after losing her twin brother in a shipwreck. When that brother reappears, alive and well, the characters struggle to determine who’s who, yielding plenty of confused reactions. Chances are good you won’t find yourself missing Shakespeare’s pithy words too much. The play runs Jan. 9 to Feb. 16 at Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $20–$75. (703) 824-8060. synetictheater.org.
The original version of this pick misidentified the name of a character in Twelfth Night. She is called Viola, not Violet.