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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Square)
Soho/Tribeca
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Square) NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(35 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
17%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (35)

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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.

70
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

August 14th, 2018

"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."
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August 13th, 2018

“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.”
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August 14th, 2018

“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 striking...is 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!”
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