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
“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!” Full Review
“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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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