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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Clever

99
Funny, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like exquisite food and great performances.

Don't see it if you're super hungry, have small kids at the performance, or like traditional theater.

Also The actors will completely enchant you, for their performances range f... Read more Read less

99
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Clever

See it if It makes Shakespeare accessible! It's fully entertaining and the food bits are yummy. A great way to spend a night in NYC and a fun show.

Don't see it if This is not really the show for kids under 14. Make sure you have a snack before the show & plan on grabbing one after. Overall wonderful!

During previews
85
Strong acting, Funny, Perfect summer meal, Great directing, Delightful

See it if you're sick of MSND...because you'll love the play again. Mostly strg actors, charming songs/dances (a bit long?), gr staging. Wine served.

Don't see it if you don't know the play; you may be confused by triple casting. Or you dislike music/dance added to WS. Gd A/C. Fun! 2 1/2 hrs w/intermissn.

During previews
81
Delightful, Satiating, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if u want to spend a mid or late summer night with a plucky group of actors who serve up a refreshing meal & a lively Shakespeare romance.

Don't see it if u don't know the play [Triple casting, musical interludes & serving breaks may confuse neophytes]; u expect a radical event from Third Rail.

Also This is the most traditional & straightforward production by Third Rai... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Fluffy, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a charming, fun take on Midsummer w/a likable cast & themed small plate food served. You enjoy non-traditional stagings.

Don't see it if You prefer fast-pacing. The food service, while fun, added extra time, since the actors double as servers.You prefer traditional Shakespeare

During previews
79
Great acting, Intense, Funny, Entertaining

See it if A show and light food, fun evening out. .

Don't see it if If you want a really dinner. Some seating area are hard to see from.

Also The show was good and light food was good too. The actors work hard wi... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to see a clever staging of this Shakespeare play. There are snacks and drinks before and during show. Good acting.

Don't see it if you like a traditional staging of plays.

Also I was at the first preview. It was a little warm in the venue so dress... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great mood

See it if Light show and a meal. Great ambiance with the mood lighting, sound design, and decor. Good for a date or seatings in twos (not groups).

Don't see it if Less dancing than expected (barely any) from Third Rail. Uneven acting but overall entertaining. Not quite a full meal, more picnic food.

Also Diversity: 1 Black female in the cast out of 7 actors.... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You love the Bard. You love the silliest of his comedies. Really enjoyed the players, especially Nick Bottom.

Don't see it if You're hungry. It's not a feast so much as a few snacks.

During previews
83
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see midsummer night dream with food. The actors and singing was great. Enjoyed the production and it’s take on Shakespeare

Don't see it if You do not like twists on Shakespeare.

During previews
79
Enchanting, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like Shakespeare, or enjoy dining while enjoying theater!

Don't see it if You don’t like immersive theater, or non-traditional staging.

During previews
74
Disappointing, Refreshing, Funny, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if the "cafe", created for the show, is lovely; the food is plentiful (picnic style); the actors lively and hardworking; we laughed a lot

Don't see it if the show itself offers nothing new to Midsummer fans despite talented 3rd Rail crew; no deeply immersive twists/turns like Then She Fell

Also Still in previews and staff taking notes, so there's still hope that 3... Read more Read less

During previews
91
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like Midsummer Night’s Dream and want to see a version where the action is all around you.

Don't see it if The seating is a bit problematic - tight quarters, sharing tables with people. Since it’s chairs and not theater seats you can get crushed

Also I love Midsummer Night’s Dream and have seen numerous productions. Thi... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like Shakespeare, it’s a very cute and charming production.

Don't see it if You don’t like immersive experience or too loud

Also I’m not a fan of immersive play, but I enjoyed this production very mu... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Overrated, Disappointing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You like Shakespeare. Dining in a play maybe refreshing if it's well executed. Having the spot lights on me.. is just hard to enjoy the show

Don't see it if You can't get good seats. The flow is ok, too many objects were blocking my views, definitely some seating arrangement & lightings issues

During previews
77
Slow, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You know the plot of Midsummer, enjoy theatre that unfolds around, and enjoy seeing creativity out behind a production.

Don't see it if You expect a impeccably-executed, multi-element production.

During previews
90
Entertaining, Good food, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You like Shakespeare, and you like immersive experiences, if you don't mind eating during the show. Worth seeing even if tired of the play!

Don't see it if You like productions that are more proscenium-based. If you hate Shakespeare.

Also I had 3 main worries going in, and luckily, none of them ended up comi... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy funny Shakespeare, lively music and being entertained while you eat and drink

Don't see it if You want serious play

During previews
95
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would like to see an excellent company performing one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, with inventive staging and food & drink!

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Shakespeare, would prefer to see a Broadway musical.

Also I enjoyed everything about this production - acting, music, choreograp... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Delightful, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You’re looking for a lighthearted approach to Shakespeare w wine & snacks. Super fun production & talented cast that make you feel at home.

Don't see it if You only like stiff, humorless interpretations of Shakespeare. You can tell these actors are having fun w this comedy, and you should too!

Also This cast does it all! We were greeted by Caroline, who then also serv... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to see Shakespeare come alive in a unique and well conceived production. This is live theater up close. And fun to boot!

Don't see it if You don’t like classics or you are not an adventurous theater goer.

During previews
95
Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you love Midsummer and want to be immersed in the experience.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare.

Also I’d have given it a 100 but I didn’t want it to look like I was someon... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Quirky, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if A lovely version of a midsummer night’s dream, accompanied by yummy food and wine. Great staging and a little bit of interaction.

Don't see it if I really can’t think of a reason not to see this one, unless you really don’t like Shakespeare. But even then try it, it’s light and fun.

During previews
86
Funny, Creative, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an delighted and delightful group of talented actors, dancers, and waiters use all three of their skill sets at once.

Don't see it if you are so traditional as to want your Shakespeare delivered as written, or so modern as to be hurt be a text full of consent issues.

Also You start your evening wandering slightly lost around Union Square, wo... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a very well executed new take on one of Shakespeare's masterpieces... with great food to go along with the performance

Don't see it if you really know that you don't like the play; that's the only good excuse not to see this one.


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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