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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Smith Street Stage)

From 2 critic and 3 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Free, Can be heard without mics, Uneven, Clever

About the show

A 'Midsummer' for today’s New York City that imagines our fellow New Yorkers - the buskers, the lovers, the neighbors, the leaders - as the wild and magical Spirits of Shakespeare's classic comedy. More…

It is a celebration of the energy, danger, uniqueness, and soul of the place that we call home, and its potential to evoke in all of us a wondrous transformation. This play dares to show us the extraordinary magic and everyday miracles that are hidden in plain sight.

Stage Left

"This is low budget Shakespeare—some benches, a few props, light costumes, and on/off lighting—but director Jonathan Hopkins serves up a fresh and funny vision brimming with spectacular performances (notably Corey Whelihan as Nick Bottom) by a uniformly talented cast in an enchanting, urban atmosphere...Joe Papp was on to something when he first dreamed of doing Shakespeare in public parks; there is nothing like it...Sublime and joyful production." Full Review

Plays to See

"It’s the perfect dose of light-hearted magic for a summer night...This midsummer night’s production is more than just enchanting to watch. The company and director Jonathan Hopkins have mined the play for emotional nuance...The production is lots of fun, and never does it take itself too seriously. But the show sets itself apart with the vivacity of the characters and an attention to detail that should put it on the top of your list of Shakespeare to see this summer." Full Review

Funny, Entertaining, Uneven, Clear, A summer night in a brooklyn park

See it if you would like to see a clear, sometimes slapstick rendering of Shakespeare's (perhaps) best-loved play, a totally brilliant confection.

Don't see it if you find outdoor theater too challenging with its bugs, air traffic, road traffic, foot traffic, threat of rain, hard seats...

Also I sat in the front row at Carroll Park to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dre... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You love Shakespeare done well and you like to learn new things about a play you think you already know. This company always surprises me.

Don't see it if You don't like being outside.

During previews
Free, In carroll park, brooklyn, Shakespeare in urban setting, Can be heard without mics, Many fine performances

See it if free Shakespeare in an outdoor urban setting, young actors out to prove their abilities, are reasons 2 spend a Brooklyn evening in the park

Don't see it if city noise, need 2 pay 2 enjoy, outdoors setting, some difficulties hearing everything, folding chairs are obstacles to your enjoyment

Cast & Creatives (20)