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A Midsummer Night's Dream (NY Shakespeare Exchange)

From 11 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Funny

About the show

Shakespeare's rollicking tale of magic, confusion, betrayal, love, and friendship gets a contemporary makeover in NY Shakespeare Exchange's new production. More…

"Would you ever really want to meet a fairy?" In a time when belief in magic has faded from our world, a group of actors rehearsing scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in the woods happen upon a lonely fairy. Driven by a sense of joyful mischief, he enchants them to perform for him.

2h 15m | Already closed | The Secret Theatre (Queens)


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90
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like intimately staged Shakespeare, you like Shakespeare at all-- because this production is exceptional for an off-off Broadway space.

Don't see it if you want some distance between yourself and the action, you don't want to travel to Queens, you are tapped out on watching Shakespeare

Also This was one of my favorite productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream t... Read more Read less

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare done by people who really understand the Bard and revel in the language

Don't see it if You want a big flashy production or don't like Shakespeare.

88
Well spoken, Compact, Swift, Fun, Insightful

See it if you’d like to experience a lean, clear, fast-paced, intimately staged production of Shakespeare’s most magical confection.

Don't see it if you prefer to keep your distance on the onstage mayhem: things get close here.

Also I first attended a production of Shakespeare’s brilliant confection of... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if You love the Bard (or at least the comedies) and want to see a slightly off-beat version of it.

Don't see it if You're expecting a play about Shakespeare and not the material itself. Somehow the promotional material confused me.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Fluffy

See it if You want a well-trained classical cast performing Midsummer in a fun style. You enjoy intimate staging & cast members playing multiple roles

Don't see it if You don't like verse plays. You want to see a less performed Shakespeare play. You want a play w/bigger production values.

77
Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Clever, Dizzying

See it if you'd enjoy a new take on this play. I found it fast paced and difficult to keep up with the wordiness but enjoyed it overall. Music a +.

Don't see it if you want the traditional play or you do not like intimate spaces with basic staging and actors coming at you from all directions.

77
Clever, Funny

See it if You like this play specifically or Shakespeare's comedies generally - this is a decent production; mostly well-acted and staged.

Don't see it if You don't like framing devices - here it sort of trashed the ending; it's supposed to be upbeat and fun and here it ... just wasn't.

50
Cliched, Great acting, Cheesy

See it if you appreciate individual talent. The actors themselves for the most part were very good and could switch between characters with ease.

Don't see it if you suffer from secondhand embarrassment. Staging and unnecessary dancing was very cheesy and detracted from the cast and the play itself.

90
Exquisite, Quirky, Profound

See it if You like the scene of middle age and medieval times

Don't see it if You don’t like the words “thou and “shall”

84
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Classic, Delightful

See it if You’re up for a fun, classic rendition of Midsummer.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespearean plays.

Also I imagine this version was close to the way Shakespeare imagined it. T... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Classic, Contemporary, Enchanting, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like Shakespeare and classics that have a modern flair without being too outside of the box.

Don't see it if You’re confused by Shakespeare. You aren’t comfortable in a very intimate setting.