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

80%
(35 Ratings)
Positive
83%
Mixed
17%
Negative
0%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, 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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Show-Score Member Reviews (35)

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251 Reviews | 116 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Quirky, Enchanting

See it if You love little companies that work on low budgets & love Shakespeare well-done. Very fine cast, each in 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. Read more

611 Reviews | 142 Followers
87
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

72 Reviews | 10 Followers
83
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.

154 Reviews | 20 Followers
80
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.

222 Reviews | 14 Followers
80
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.

269 Reviews | 38 Followers
79
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.

168 Reviews | 24 Followers
78
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

322 Reviews | 94 Followers
72
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.

Critic Reviews (3)

BroadwayWorld
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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Theatre is Easy
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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Stage Buddy
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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