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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
Avg Score

Hilarious, Edgy, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you like seeing a really thoughtful and new take on this Shakesperean classic, I would highly reccomend! Super funny all props are food!

Don't see it if If you don’t like food or shakespeare guess don’t see it? But food is a nessessity to sustain life so can’t think of any reason not to see!

Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Super fun and refreshing! One of the most clever versions of this play I have ever seen! Small cast plays all parts with complete clarity!

Don't see it if I guess dont see it if you dont enjoy a great time, you can tell the actors are having fun so it really makes you have fun as well!

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like clever and quick witted Shakespeare and innovative approaches to a classic play!

Don't see it if You hate Bob Dylan? Or emotions? Or have an extreme aversion to food coloring and spaghetti.

Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You love high quality, fast paced, energetic theater that keeps you fully engaged and immersed from start to finish.

Don't see it if You're looking for a somber, dragging, stiff, dull, and overly sentimental night at the theater

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want to have a night of laughs and merriment

Don't see it if Can’t see any reason why not to see it. It’s great.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Hilarious

See it if Absolutely fresh take on this Shakespearean classic! Loved it so much the small cast tells the story very clearly and very fun to watch!

Don't see it if Don’t see this if you don’t like having fun.

Must see, Riveting, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if The singing/rapping was unexpected. Very entertaining. A little of bit of something for everyone.

Don't see it if No reason not to see if you like great plays/musicals

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.

Clever, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want to see new life brought into a classic with a great cast of clowns! I see so many stale ‘Midsummers’, this was truly inventive

Don't see it if You don’t like silliness, food fights, or have a stick-up-the-butt mentality towards Shakespeare

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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