A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Victory)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Victory)

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

(11 Ratings)
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Enchanting, Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

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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155 Reviews | 32 Followers
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

1313 Reviews | 355 Followers
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.

14 Reviews | 1 Follower

See it if You’re interested in the play and Shakesphere

Don't see it if You can’t understand that

19 Reviews | 4 Followers
Enchanting, Quirky, Clever, Confusing, Thought-provoking

See it if you've outgrown the Lion King

Don't see it if you dislike foreign languages

8 Reviews | 2 Followers
Clever, Confusing, Romantic, Funny

See it if You love Shakespeare and want to see a classic

Don't see it if You don't understand Shakespeare or want to see a more modern musical

1 Review | 0 Followers
Enchanting, Clever, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if N/A

Don't see it if N/A

2 Reviews | 0 Followers

See it if It was free

Don't see it if Cost too much

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like musicals

Don't see it if You have no imagination

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
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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Times Square Chronicles
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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Financial Times (UK)
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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Motherhood Later
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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