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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Masterworks)

Members say: Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Enchanting
87
Critics
92
5 reviews
Members
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13 reviews
 

Crisscrossed lovers in the woods quickly fall under the spell of an impish charmer in Shakespeare's most famous comedy, presented by Masterworks Theater Company.

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What happens when four young lovers and a group of amateur actors meet with woodland fairies and a their fairy king and queen? Magic, mixed messages, misunderstandings lead lovers awry and will leave the audience questioning which wedding we'll attend before the story ends. The second show from the brand-new Masterworks Theater Company, dedicated to creating accessible new versions of the classics.

 

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Reviews (18)

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92
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95
The New York Times

"Poor Shakespeare, so often smothered by reverence when all his work wants to do is breathe. And breathe it does, deeply, in the breezy, joyously oxygenated 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream...' Simplified, yes, but nothing is dumbed down in this companionable, modern-dress 'Midsummer...' There is room to disagree with the editing of the play, and to quibble with its energy toward the end. But what this 'Midsummer' achieves is all too rare." Full Review

80
Theater In The Now

"For a piece that has been done to death, finding innovative ways to present it to new or old audiences can be a tremendous task. What Woodard and Masterworks has going for them is they have assembled a brilliant team of actors to tell this 90-minute version of the comedy. Where it falls flat is the concept, or lack there of." Full Review

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BlogCritics.org

"Inventively directed by Tamilla Woodard, this 90-minute, highly musical version of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' flies by like a fairy in the wind, leaving laughter and delight in its wake...This is distilled (and of course abridged) into one effortless-seeming 90-minute act designed to captivate audiences of all ages." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"Director Tamilla Woodward has cast the play with great actors with a strong command of the language...This 'Midsummer' is transportive, as it’s meant to be, and makes for a wonderful evening escaping the madness of the outside world and enjoying the delightful hijinks and beautiful language on stage." Full Review

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Stage Buddy

"This production is fast-paced, funny and often quite touching. The focus is on the story and the actors, and there is not a weak actor in the cast. With its humor, romance and energy, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is the perfect opportunity to introduce people of all ages to Shakespeare. I can think of no finer compliment than that." Full Review

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85
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86
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the story and want to see a fresh version of it. It was well done with a talented cast and minimal set.

Don't see it if you find Shakespeare boring, although, trust me, this is one of the least boring to enjoy. Humor, suspense, romance, fantasy...

81
Funny, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You are a shakespeare fan

Don't see it if You are easily bored by classic shows

90
Clever, Great acting, 1993 stratford (on) shakespeare fest, Colm feore as 'oberon', Directed by joe dowling

See it if Altho I had seen/been in AMND before, this trip to Canada proved most worthwhile when I beheld the tech wizardry & rock music -just MAGIC!!

Don't see it if Skip if U don't like traipsing off to Canada or paying for a bed&breakfast (actually quite reasonable). Shakespeare a given, rock music??

54
Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love classic theatre

Don't see it if You haven't read the play before. Shakespeare is wordy!!

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Riveting, Great writing

See it if The best of the best! Very Charming!

Don't see it if Even if you don't like Shakespeare this play is a must-see that will win you over.

100
Exquisite, Intelligent, Dated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Shakespeare

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or old fashioned kinds of fantasy.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and you enjoy twists on his work.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy funny plays with fae elements.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare.

86
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Riveting, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and irony.

Don't see it if You simply aren't open-minded.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You like Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You have no imagination.

87
Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare's comedies

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of whimsy

87
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great writing

See it if Loved it

Don't see it if You are a grump

90
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of hilariously interpreted Shakespeare with a punchy, wicked edge.

Don't see it if You are the Ron Swanson of theater.