Already closed | 2h 30m | Greenwich V

Midsummer: A Banquet

From 79 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever

About the show

Food of Love invites you to this environmental staging of one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, replete with besotted lovers and mischievous fairies, which features a multi-course tasting menu. More…

From Third Rail Projects (creators of "Then She Fell") and the producers of the Drama Desk nominated "Shake and Bake: Love's Labour's Lost," comes this 360-degree environmental staging of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." This sumptuous theatrical experience features an elegantly designed tasting menu and is housed in a historic building, just steps from New York City's Union Square.

2h 30m | Already closed | Cafe Fae (Greenwich V)

Member Reviews (79)


Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever
Avg Score

Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want a charming evening in a unique environment. The performers sing dance act and serve food in Willem de Kooning"s former studio.

Don't see it if you dislike performances with multiple points of focus. While something's happening wherever you look, the plot doesn't get lost.

Quirky, Overrated, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overdone

See it if you want to watch a scripted relay race where actors are obligated to divert focus from the play at hand to a lot of unrelated tasks

Don't see it if you need the performances/direction/aesthetic immersion to be strong & original enough to balance out a preponderance of gimmicky diversions

Also I don’t have enough goodwill for this, but if you’re in the mood for a... Read more Read less

Funny, Great staging, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to enjoy a fun night of Shakespeare. The atmosphere is charming, the lighting is perfect, and the food was delicious.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional performance of Shakespeare, or you are expecting a banquet. It was more of a lighter fare, but very tasty.

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you want a wonderful bare bones production of Midsummer. I laughed so hard. This 8 person ensemble Is fully committed and utterly delightful

Don't see it if you're expecting a banquet *or* a truly immersive Third Rail production. This is site specific *not* immersive. And banquet is overselling.

Also But the food (sparse as it was) was lovely. I was so pleasantly surpri... Read more Read less

Must see, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if If you like Shakespeare, or if you want to see an enjoyable show that includes a glass of wine, champagne and lite food. It was loads of fun

Don't see it if If you dont like Shakespeare or don't want to have fun. Set in a beautiful old cafe, awesome

Shakespeare as you like it, Charming midsummer night

See it if you love Midsummer Night's Dream, a good laugh & tasty food. Acting is good, staging well choreographed & blocked. Small troupe excels.

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare or want only serious theater in a theater setting. But eating & drinking during this play is highly appropriate.

Also Best Midsummer Night's Dream I ever saw was the 1975 production at Yal... Read more Read less

Romantic, Profound, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to live a lovely Shakespeare version. If you want to experience the Third Rail Projects vibe.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. If you are expecting an ultra immersive play.

Also We ate bites fo food, the food wasn't a disaster. It was entertaining,... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, "banquet" = euphemism

See it if you like to nibble in between laughing; you are a Wm Shakespeare completist; you enjoy immersive staging & actors performing at table-side

Don't see it if you prefer a Public Theatre straight-up Shakespeare production; you're picky about food & serving sizes; The Bard's tragedies are your thing

Also Attended Fri., Aug. 16: uncrowded tables & all foods & 2 glasses of wi... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You’re a Shakespeare fan and looking for a great new take with a great experience.

Don't see it if maybe just go see it

Hilarious, Magical atmosphere, Delicious food, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like atmosphere. The smells and sights and sounds of this production were great. Pyramus and Thisbe is hilarious, actors were having fun

Don't see it if lacking some sight lines will bother you; there are columns throughout the center of the area being used as a stage.

Great staging, Exuberant, Playful, Joyous, Delightful

See it if you'd relish some snacks while watching a wondrously sprightly interpretation of this Shakespeare comedy. Pure pleasure awaits!

Don't see it if you can only get tickets to the late show, you live in the outer-boroughs, and you're dependent on MTA. The ride home will be brutal.

Also Memorable line: "And think no more of this night's accidents but as th... Read more Read less

Charming, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you’re yearning for a fun, delightful & exceptionally performed familiar Shakespearean love/comedy immersive dinner experience.

Don't see it if you’re not hungry for laughs & joy.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like MDND and like seeing great actors have a great time with the material. A very unique and funny night out!

Don't see it if You don’t like when multiple actors play various roles or don’t like the idea of eating during a show.

Also As in last year’s production, while all of the actors were really good... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if want an original take on Shakespeare and enjoy being served delicious morsels of food.

Don't see it if You like traditional Shakespeare.

Great acting, Great staging, Enchanting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like Shakespeare, laughing, eating, wine, theater that happens all around you

Don't see it if You prefer your Shakespeare conventionally staged, you don't like food

Playful, Clever, Quirky, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if Shakespeare appeals when not treated as TOO precious. Big cuts are replaced by pleasant song and dance. Terrific foods included. Unique!

Don't see it if you can't appreciate many small non meat foods rather than big entrees. You seek somber recitation or veteran actors. (Youth is king here.)

Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy actors and actresses performing around you, you like Shakespeare and good food

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare

Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if It's summer and this fun, energetic dinner/theater of Shakespeare's comedy is perfect entertainment! Acting is quite good with an agile cast

Don't see it if You dislike Shakespearean plays in any form. Can't stand a tight spaced dinner theater event. Prefer traditional dining & theater uptown.

Ambitious, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You are hungry for “food for love” and a good acting by a young cast - but actual food is excellent too, and served with good timing, whimsy

Don't see it if An absolute purist and don’t want to miss a word, or never seen Midsummer before

Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare and semi-immersive shows. The music, singing, acting, staging, and food were all great.

Don't see it if You don't like or can't understand Shakespeare. Don't want to eat or drink while watching a play and want to see everything on a stage.

Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you want to experience Shakespeare in a new fun way with food and drink and inventive stagings.

Don't see it if You like the same old same old

Inventive, Spirited cast, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want to support young talent. It’s creative but amateur dinner theater.

Don't see it if You’re there for the food.

Delicious, Hilarious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy unconventional productions of Shakespeare and appreciate good food (although do no t come hungry!)

Don't see it if you want your Shakespeare by the book and in proscenium setting and your food meat-heavy.

Also I loved Third Rail Productions for Then She Fell and followed them aro... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you like watching a Shakespeare comedy while having a light dinner; actors performing around you; multi-sensory experiences

Don't see it if you prefer Shakespeare plays performed in a more traditional setting, or you expect a very luxurious meal

Immersive, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Immersive, non traditionally staged, double cast, heavily integrated with song and dance production of a Shakespeare classic appeals to you.

Don't see it if You expect a traditional production of Shakespeare, and don’t want to have your view blocked, or have to turn to see the actors around you.

July 24th, 2019
"Dinner theater is underrated…In a triumph of versatility, the eight performers in this inventive and delightfully madcap adaptation of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' not only play its royals, lovers, faeries and rude mechanicals, but also serve a light and delicious five-course tastin...
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August 19th, 2019
"Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream,' already a sweet, toothsome morsel of theatre. This makes Food of Love Productions and Third Rail Projects’ immersive production of the play, accompanied by a multicourse tasting menu, delectable in more ways than one."
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July 24th, 2019
"'Midsummer: A Banquet' — Though It Be But Little, It Is Fierce. Food of Love and Third Rail Projects coproduce a modest Midsummer Night's Dream at Café Fae."
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August 12th, 2019
"If, like me, you grew up thinking of dinner theatre as rattletrap revivals of 'Any Wednesday' paired with steamship round of beef, you may be pleasantly surprised by the activities at Café Fae…There, a troupe of charming and talented young people are presenting a lively production of 'A Midsumme...
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