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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.