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A Midsummer Night's Dream (New York Classical Theatre)

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Delightful
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Critics
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1 review
Members
84
36 reviews
 

New York Classical Theatre presents a free, outdoor, roving staging of Shakespeare's magical comedy about young love featuring passion and romance, hysterics and high jinks in equal measure.

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Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Demetrius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, and no one loves Helena. And Egeus wants his daughter Hermia killed if she doesn't follow his plan of marrying Demetrius. Add in some otherwordly fairies and a magical forest and watch love fight nobly against the threatened chaos. Presented for free outdoors in Central Park (May 31-June 26), Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City (June 29-July 2), Prospect Park (July 6-10), and Carl Schurz Park (July 12-17).

 

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Reviews (37)

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70
Avg Score

70
The New York Times

"Being within earshot of the performers was mostly a matter of luck...But you have to adjust expectations when theater moves outdoors...The travails of the young lovers got a bit lost, while the scheming of Oberon and the mischief of Puck were similarly muted. But the rude mechanicals did well...'Pyramus and Thisbe,' the play within the play, is raucously silly fun...This 'Midsummer' is a little elusive, but it’s not a bad way to spend a beautiful evening outside in the city." Full Review

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84
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85
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like Shakespeare, love seeing classic works done in non-traditional settings, and want to laugh

Don't see it if You don'y like Shakespeare or the idea of getting up to move from scene to scene.

80
Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You love the play and want to see an eccentric contemporary production

Don't see it if If you like your Shakespeare straight

Also Superb cast, flaccid direction

91
Funny, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you love a little laughter with your Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare....stay away!

64
Intelligent, Banal, Overrated

See it if You love the play but want it done again in a different view

Don't see it if You'd rather traditional Shakespeare. MSND is not one of my favorites so it didn't capture me

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to start watching Shakespeare. This is probable the best play to get started with.

Don't see it if you don't have any interest in the bard's work and its renditions.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Fun, Engaging

See it if love outdoor theatre

Don't see it if you don't want to get up and down to follow the action

73
Great acting, Intelligent

See it if love shakespeare

Don't see it if you find shakespeare hard to understand.

71
Funny, Delightful, Family-friendly, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you like being outdoors!, need a family activity, want to mix up date night with show & a picnic, are in a light-hearted mood!

Don't see it if you have trouble walking or sitting on the ground for long periods of time, don't like bugs, want spectacle (nature is the spectacle!)

75
Slow, Dated

See it if You like slow Shakespeare

Don't see it if You like fast

86
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of Shakespeare outdoors with great actors and a free and easy performance.

Don't see it if You prefer a more formal setting.

88
Funny, Original, Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare enough to see a light version of it, and if you like to be more involved than just sitting in a theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like the outdoors and you are very happy to be sitting in a comfy theater seat.

100
Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You love classic Shakespeare, a funny love story that's a bit fantastical.

Don't see it if You're not into plays or romance.

93
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You like romantic comedies.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of shakespeare

80
Absorbing, Dizzying, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if This was a great production of the show. I enjoyed every moment of it.

Don't see it if Do no see if you don't like shakespeare

100
Enchanting, Epic, Exquisite, Great staging

See it if ... if you want to escape reality into a world of magic, wit, and humor! Excellent! Beautiful! My highest praise!

Don't see it if ... you are not a fan of Shakespeare. Although, this is the show that could change your mind about the Bard!!

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You like fairies and royals, intrigue and romance.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate Shakespeare.

85
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if Another great play from a great writer. You must follow this play very careful to understand the twist and turns.

Don't see it if If you don't want to be on the edge of your seat , trying to figure out the plot.

80
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Have a love for the Shakespeare way, with a fun and intense array of characters and shenanigans that remains relevant throughout time.

Don't see it if You get easily confused or lost in theatre.

89
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare and enjoy literally moving from scene to scene

Don't see it if You are not a Shakespeare fan

84
Absorbing, Epic, Exquisite, Must see, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy the classics!!!

Don't see it if You can't understand old English...

79
Romantic, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy Shakespeare

Don't see it if You aren't a fan ignore Shakespeare

77
Dizzying, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you want a unique experience

Don't see it if you've seen it before

73
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of classic and entertaining humor that wraps itself in drama.

Don't see it if You have not the foggiest idea of how old English is pronounced and your vocabulary is limited.

76
Funny, Delightful, Must see

See it if you like Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're uncultured. :P

98
Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting

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