A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Mobile Unit)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Mobile Unit)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Mobile Unit) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Members say
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Funny

About the Show

This fall, a classic New York City block party becomes the enchanted setting where fairies work their mischief in the Mobile Unit's take on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy.


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Broad humor, Strong acting, Heavily cut text, Energetic, Clever

See it if you'd like an accessible, lively, engaging, funny version of MSND. Because of many cuts, helps to know the plot. Many delightful flourishes.

Don't see it if you like your Shakesp traditional. Humor (not emotion) is emphasized. Fun dancing before/after...and snacks! Public's mobile unit delivers.

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Ambitious, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if If you want a bare bones show that is well done.

Don't see it if If you want a big production. An exotic production.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
November 2nd, 2018

"Amazingly, Jenny Koons’s perkily ramshackle production manages to keep the energy up for the next 90 minutes. As a result, quite a bit is lost in the rush, from chunks of text to nuance — this is not the most polished Shakespeare you’ll ever see, or even in the top 20. But like a fair number of productions from the Public’s Mobile Unit, the show has a likable messy élan that compensates for many sins."
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BroadwayWorld
November 4th, 2018

"The comical romance is fun, but the production really takes off with the entrance of the ragtag collection of local amateur actors preparing a dramatization of the tragic romance of Pyramus and Thisbe...Confetti, soap bubbles and the occasional dance break add to the merriment, ending with audience members being invited to snack on free cookies and boogie with the cast."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 6th, 2018

“A cast of lively young talents who know how to get a party started...Just about anyone can enjoy Koons' furiously fast staging, which submerges the play's lyricism and subterranean melancholy for anarchic farce...Everyone...handles the verse with dexterity and wit...This one is just for fun, but the fun is plentiful, and it is a golden opportunity to check out new faces whom you are certain to be seeing more of in the future.”
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New York Stage Review
November 2nd, 2018

“I found myself entranced...It was magical...The boom box, milk crates, and too-darn-catchy songs are your first clues that this is more ‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Block Party. The lights are bright and the vibe is super-chill...Brava to Koons for staging possibly the best-slash-worst ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’ ever...This ‘Midsummer’ ends with a dance party to the tune of Bruno Mars...To quote Bruno, they set this party off right.”
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Theater Pizzazz
November 7th, 2018

“A delightful production...MU productions usually succeed on the strength of its dedicated actors, who bring so much heart and good will to their many roles: MU veteran Smith is the standout in the company because of his consistency and ability to add unexpected dimension to secondary and even tertiary roles...Director Jenny Koons has adeptly continued the spirit of the Mobile Unit, making the play into a party...Once again the Mobile Unit has managed to exceed expectations.”
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CurtainUp
November 6th, 2018

“Though it is far from your conventional ‘Dream’ the Public Theater's Mobile Unit production has gritty New York flavor and gives fresh proof that the Man-from-Avon travels well...Koons, who directs with a playful hand, has a terrific company to help her pull off her urban vision...An ensemble who can all boogie and breathe out their iambic pentameters with equal grace...This new mobile production has deservingly carved out its own niche.”
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Front Row Center
November 3rd, 2018

"This is 90 minutes of non-stop hilarity. It’s a good, crazy, dancing time at the theatre and it’s Shakespeare. If you have a friend who has been hesitant about going to see Shakespeare, this is the play you have to take them to...But mostly, take yourself for some fun and respite from this crazy time we are living in. The cast in this 90-minute workout are a wonderfully diverse toe-tapping, knee-slapping fantastically talented troupe of thespians. AND IT’S FREE!"
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November 7th, 2018

“An explosion of joy and laughter, bewitched by a cast of New Yorkers dedicated to the art of translation, to the task of bringing the wonderful absurdities of Shakespearean comedy to audiences of diverse providence, and the brightest example of The Public Theater’s founding mission...Technically, this is a bare-bones production...But director Koons’ agile cast fills this stage with an energy and richness able to occupy any amphitheater."
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