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

From 35 member  reviews
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. 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.

Member Reviews (35)


Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Great acting

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 en...
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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 ense...
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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 how the ensemble...
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