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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Square)

From 3 critic and 33 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Great acting

About the show

Shakespeare in the Square presents a stripped-down, food-inspired take on Shakespeare's classic comedy of desperate lovers, would-be tragedians, and  meddling fairies. More…

This production of 'Midsummer' will be performed on a bare stage with minimal props and costumes. A cast of six performs all the major roles, exploring the thematic and playful potential of doubling actors as fairies, lovers, royals, and mechanicals. This is a very physical, athletic production, and the creative staging transforms a blank space from Athens to the woods to the fairy kingdom and back again. To highlight the madness/mess of the play, the company has introduced a variety of food-stuff: the Athenian wood is filled with mashed potatoes, marshmallow goop, pasta, and more.


"The most fun you will have at any Shakespearean production...This production is so well rounded as a whole. From the brilliant use of food to how each actor brings such versatility to the stage and such nuance to their characters, the hard work of this entire process is seen from beginning to end...Other great moments can be seen in the unique way the direction and acting come together to create this special production...It will be easy enough to fall in love with this production." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“A messy and innovative version of a favorite Shakespeare comedy. If you like strong physical comedy, fresh takes on classics, and a slight risk of noodles in the hair, you'll be surprised and delighted...Each actor had shining moments individually, but what is most how the ensemble comes together...And there's the food...The transitions are tight and exciting, the classic lines we've heard before sound new...This show is a breath of fresh air and a genuine pleasure!” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“This ‘Midsummer’ is far from normal...The big scene-stealer is a tangerine...I’m not sure why it’s food that emerges as the untidy central metaphor...There's no clear pattern in how and why the food shows up...Under Hasse’s inventive but often manic direction, the six actors form a cohesive ensemble...A few performances charge through the text too hammily at the expense of clarity...It’s easy to lose track of the course of true love amidst all that phosphorescent mashed potato.” Full Review

Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Epic

See it if you like Shakespeare and are interested in some modern spins

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare and fun actors

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You love great little companies that work on low budgets and love your Shakespeare well-done. Fine cast, each plays many roles. Best Bottom!

Don't see it if Can't think of a single reason not to, unless you hate Shakespeare or up-and-coming actors with great skill.

Inspired, Great acting & directing & staging, Funny, Clearly voiced, Clever manipulation

See it if want an inspired take on MSND clearly voiced and built for fun, talented cast & crew that give new meaning to "food fight" & intimateStaging

Don't see it if don't want 2 C version of MSND that seems 2 make all disparate parts of its messy whole work, never want 2 C even Shakespeare that works

Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like little theater companies that work on low budgets and do Shakespeare well. Fine cast, each plays many roles

Don't see it if you don't want to get hit with flying food or Shakespeare comedies

Dizzying, Great acting, Quirky

See it if The acting was very good. Interesting staging choices.

Don't see it if The use of food was quirky and felt somewhat forced.

Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy actors playing multiple roles, bare bones productions, and a whole lot of pixie dust. Also, if you like to have actor contact.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy being directly addressed by the actors or need lots of costumes, sets, or specific props. Also, if you dislike flung food.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You appreciate a fresh take on Shakespeare and don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Don't see it if You have no imagination or don’t understand Shakespearean language.

Clever, Funny

See it if You like Midsummer - this is a fun production of it. You like food fights. You enjoy live music being incorporated in plays.

Don't see it if You're worried about getting hit with flying food (assuming their ponchos ever show up). You don't like Shakespeare's comedies.

Clever, Confusing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare but also different ways of presenting him.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare or some crazy interpretations

Entertaining, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You enjoy small companies performing Shakespeare in a fun different way. They’ll worked very hard and there was some talent there.

Don't see it if A little too long, confusing, messy and very hot in the room. I liked the sense of fun though.

Fun, Good actors, Clever, Long, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy clever ways of doing Shakespeare, you want to see some food fights, some funny mechanicals!

Don't see it if you don't want to see yet another Midsummer..., you don't like longer cuts of Shakespeare shows

Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever

See it if You enjoy small talented casts that play multiple roles and switch between them effortlessly. Good music, interesting space and use of food.

Don't see it if You are hard of hearing, the acoustics aren't great and they don't always project. Sometimes the use of food was unmotivated and confusing.

Also I was intrigues by the idea of using food. Sometimes the use was truly... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Quirky, Dizzying, Entertaining, Epic

See it if You like small-cast Shakespeare, you’re looking for something different, you like shows that make a BIG silly aesthetic choice

Don't see it if You like simple, clear storytelling, you like heartfelt plays, you can’t keep up with fast-paced Shakespeare, you don’t want to get dirty

Quirky, Funny, Innovative

See it if You live Shakespeare and want to see a creative interpretation.

Don't see it if You are easily bored, don’t like food fights, or are a traditionalist.

Great writing, Quirky, Insipid, Gross

See it if You love Shakespeare so much that you need to see every performance of a comedy that anyone does.

Don't see it if You are grossed out by people throwing food.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if Cause it's free. If you like boring music and Shakespeare for tots this hackneyed production is for you. Uneven and unrealistic casting.

Don't see it if If you hate seeing wonderful and talented performers in a misguided mess.


See it if You enjoy small ensembles with actors playing multiple characters.

Don't see it if You want actors that seem to care that you understand what they're saying. The fun/quirky acting choices seemed more important to them.

Confusing, Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy non-traditional interpretations of Shakespeare. You like movement-based theatre. You like intimate staging.

Don't see it if You prefer an emphasis on the verse. You want choices that enhance the character&text.-.I found them confusing & distracting. Didn't get it.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare, simple sets, imaginative theatre, supporting small theatres/companies

Don't see it if You dislike simple productions, Shakespeare, food fights (!), quick paced action/stories

Also Def can’t wait for more from this company!

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you love hilarious, face paced, demonstrative Shakespeare.....unreserved, masterful actors......shows that have a witty spin!!!

Don't see it if you don’t like comedy.

Ambitious, Quirky

See it if A Shakespeare enthusiast may love this performance, it provides a unique take on "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The acting was great!

Don't see it if It become a bit monotonous and boring.

Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh.

Don't see it if you're out of town in August.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Quirky

See it if you love innovative productions of classic theater, enjoy visceral, tactile experiences, are pro food fights.

Don't see it if if you hate fun, food fights, climbing stairs.

Delightful, Fluffy, Hilarious, Quirky, Must see

See it if This company likes to entertain through clear sharp storytelling.

Don't see it if This company brings every member of the audience into their world, so be prepared to join the story and ride! Made me feel young again.

Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy quick witted and fast paced Shakespeare, by a young and talented troupe of actors who bring the verse to life. Vibrant and clever!

Don't see it if You don't want to have a fun night out!