Closed 2h 10m
A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Victory)
Midtown W
74

A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Victory) NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(11 Reviews)
Positive
64%
Mixed
18%
Negative
18%
Members say
Clever, Enchanting, Confusing, Indulgent, Disappointing

About the Show

New Victory presents South Africa's Isango Ensemble, whose production interweaves Britten's ethereal opera of Shakespeare's most famous comedy with the rich choral traditions of African folklore.

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Member Reviews (11)

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70
Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if if you like the classics and know this story well.

Don't see it if must concentrate can be confusing at times, over the top some times, not the best I have seen.

85
Enchanting, Entertaining, Original, Operatic, Gloriously african folk tale

See it if you like innovative theatre and opera - not sure all kids will be able to understand - however the music, dancing & staging are engaging

Don't see it if expecting the Lion King and don't know the story behind the Shakespeare play

Critic Reviews (4)

November 2nd, 2015

"With this inventive adaptation the Isango Ensemble claims Britten’s work on its own terms. Rightly so. If Britten could turn a Shakespeare play into a 20th-century British opera, why shouldn’t this ensemble turn that opera into a 21st-century South African theater piece?"
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November 5th, 2015

"If you are thinking about bringing your kids to this Shakespeare production, you might want to read them the play first. This version is an opera, but the plot is a little convoluted...For those who love opera, these voices are glorious, the musicality is superb and this is a unique version complete with masks and tribal dances."
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November 2nd, 2015

"This super-energetic interpretation doesn’t take any such factors too seriously or too strictly. Sure, the plot, as it survives, still toys with quarrelling lovers, misplaced fairies, a finagling arch-pixie and timely intrusions by a brash band of mechanicals. Though reduced to two hours, the show bumbles, tumbles and rumbles along merrily, vocal outpourings of varied intensity accompanied (or contradicted) by gutsy percussion."
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November 5th, 2015

"I thought this blurring of Shakespearean and South African characters such as the fairies and Puck was really magical…The first half of the play did at times feel confusing…The second half was more energized…The cross cultural exchange felt fluid and celebratory and we all left the theatre feeling totally enchanted."
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