Ends Sep 07 | 2h 30m | Greenwich V

Midsummer: A Banquet

From 60 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Funny

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 | Ends Sep 07 | Cafe Fae (Greenwich V)

Member Reviews (60)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Clever, Funny

91
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.

82
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.

90
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

82
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

79
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

85
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.

90
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

90
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.

90
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

90
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

85
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.

97
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

88
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

85
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.

89
Fun, Quirky, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy well done Shakespeare and eating while you watch a show

Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with tight spaces. The tables are very tight.

90
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

95
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.

96
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You love the bard and immersive theater with culinary compliments.

Don't see it if Don’t enjoy “dinner theater”. Can’t think of anything else.

Also This was one of the best versions of Midsummer I’ve ever seen! So dige... Read more Read less

88
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

90
Engrossing, Wondrous, Intriguing, Jocular, Amusing

See it if you enjoy watching talented performers interact as you eat.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare, fairies, nor true love.

86
Clever, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want a unique immersive experience with food and drinks

Don't see it if you dislike Shakespeare, or are a picky eater.

96
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You will love this delightfully-staged version of MSND. Faithful and yet artfully abridged, this director and cast nails it!

Don't see it if If you prefer your Shakespeare re-written into modern English, or want a steak dinner.

90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you’re looking for a fun way of seeing shakespeare without a proper stage and incorporating food tasting into the production. great cast.

Don't see it if you want properly staged shakespeare. my one complaint was the seating can be a bit awkward but didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment

92
Quirky, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You've been intimidated to see Shakespeare because the plays are hard to follow-- the actors do a great job getting the message across!

Don't see it if You haven't eaten all day and are expecting to fill up at the show; if you don't like intimate dinner seating.

76
Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want a new theatre experience. The space is transformed and brings you also with it.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play setting. Not fully immersive but there is no 4th wall. Also don’t come expecting a full meal

Also My favorite thing was honestly the amazing lighting design. Made it fe... Read more Read less


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,'...is 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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