18 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 79.
The New York Times
"Ms. deBessonet has brought to the play the high spirits and communitarian pageantry that made her previous park outings...so embraceable....Unusually well cast, her production is full of sharply etched if sometimes unsubtle comic performances...What the production lacks in depth and subtlety it makes up for in clarity and swiftness...For all that, I missed the moments when, in some productions, Helena’s desperation lands a punch in the gut."
"The most fascinating, heartfelt, thoroughly entertaining attraction playing in New York this summer...The Public Theater and director deBessonet emphasize magic and mirth in this vibrant production...Adding to the enjoyment of an already great play are uniformly excellent performances from the cast...The physical comedy is cranked up to a ten...Two-and-a-half hours melt away like a particularly pleasant dream, one from which you feel slightly sad to wake."
"This resolutely upbeat Shakespeare in the Park production is so broad, you could drive an 18-wheeler through it...The performances are as bright and over-the-top as Clint Ramos’ costumes...After a while, Ashford’s efforts only bring diminishing returns...Nielsen looks uncomfortable with the language and over-relies on her usual bag of tricks...As diverse as this 'Midsummer' looks and sounds, it is uniform in tone, reducing the play to a one-note romp."
The show was also reviewed by 120 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.
Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
See it if…"You enjoy Shakespeare, bayou-inspired music, and a night in the best open-air theater around."
Don't see it if…"It's a hot night and you don't fare well in the heat. This is the kind of show that has something for everyone!"
See it if…"You are looking for a unique take on 'Midsummer' casting-wise; the stars in this show are fantastic, and the staging is a lot of fun."
Don't see it if…"You want to get home at a reasonable time (it's a commitment!); if you're looking for a traditional cast."
See it if…"You want to see a fun, spirited version of this classic play. Delightfully funny performances, especially Ashford and Burstein. A very entertaining evening."
Don't see it if…"You mind exaggerated mugging, or broad physical humor. I thought this really worked to enhance the show but others may prefer it toned down."
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Note: The ShowScore displayed above is current as of right now, and may be different from the ShowScore when the article was published.