Already closed | 2h 30m | Upper W Side

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public Theater)

From 231 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny

About the show

The Delacorte transforms into an enchanted forest for the Bard's rom-com starring Tony winners Phylicia Rashad and Annaleigh Ashford, and nominee Danny Burstein. Part of the Public's free Shakespeare in the Park season. More…

When the merry sprite Puck (Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen) meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairy-tale fantasia. Lear deBessonet brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love.

2h 30m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (231)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny
86
Avg Score

96
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if An amazing experience with a stellar cast, wonderful staging, rich costumes and sets. I loved everything about it. It was cool out as well!

Don't see it if You don't like the bard ...

83
Wonderfully entertaining mndream that nails the comedy but misses some of the magic

See it if director brilliantly brings out MND's comedic side by setting up as inspired sitcom, casting musical comedy stars A. Ashford & D. Burstein

Don't see it if missing magic inherent in MND in fairyland, miscasts Nielsen as Puck, misconceives fairies as alta cockers

Also This is a good, entertaining MND but not a great one. A great one brin... Read more Read less

75
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Romantic, Quirky

See it if you've never seen this show performed outdoors. The mystical forest setting lends itself perfectly to Shakespeare in the Park.

Don't see it if you're expecting a production as good as the Julie Taymor-helmed version a few years ago. It's entertaining enough, but something's missing.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You really want the perfect Shakespeare in the Park experience. This production was born for the park & the performances are wonderful.

Don't see it if You simply aren't interested in Shakespeare or romantic comedies, or if you have bad allergies.

80
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if This was one of the better SitP of recent years, completely entertaining throughout. Annaleigh Ashford is a hilarious scene stealer.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare plays or want to see a musical (the director added a little music however).

85
Gorgeous, Jazzy, Hilarious, Diverse

See it if you enjoy updated Shakespeare in a lovely setting with a stellar cast and a jazzy bent.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist and you have a problem with fun song and dance breaks

Also I loved the juxtaposition of the "seasoned" fairies vamping on and off... Read more Read less

69
1st preview 7/11/17, Lackluster, So-so, Sporadically amusing, Lots of $ thrown at it

See it if since it's free, if weather is nice, to see Annaleigh Ashford, to spend an evening in Central Park, if you've never seen MSND be4, then go..

Don't see it if you've ever seen an inspired production of MSND, you want your Shakespeare treated better, you never want to see MSND again, you can't care

87
Delightful, Funny, Worthwhile riff on an old favorite

See it if you love the written play and appreciate it when a director draws out typically overlooked aspects of Shakespearean comedies

Don't see it if you expect a period piece or are indifferent to Shakespeare/his comedies—this play's good but probably not worth the line to non-WS fans

Also worth the wait in line if you have enjoyed performances of A Midsummer... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy a good Shakespeare comedy with touches of modernism and a healthy dollop of good music and singing

Don't see it if you are a fan of Shakespeare performed as written taking no liberties

70
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Already enjoy the play and like the more standard production

Don't see it if Want to see a new staging or take one a classic

97
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Delightful

See it if You want to see the best of The Bard, put on by the best of NY Theater, performed by outstanding actors, in beautiful Central Park.

Don't see it if You think you don't like Shakespeare, but that's only because you haven't seen it performed live, and well! go see any Shakespeare you can!

89
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great cast of new york actors!!!!!!

See it if you are in the mood to have your spirits lifted and your funny bone tickled!!!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy the taking of a classic story and modernizing it with a new perspective.

80
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if enjoy Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, a classic & a fun night at the theatre. Annaleigh Ahford shines

Don't see it if prefer more serious plays

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Love Shakespeare. This was a hilariously ditzy take on an old favorite with wonderful music and originality.

Don't see it if you hate being outdoors.

90
Exquisite, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Shakespeare & love what the Public Theater does at the Delacort. A real treat!

Don't see it if You don't like to sit outside or take a chance with the weather.

96
Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if Simply Joyous; Superb cast of veterans and newcomers

Don't see it if already closed - hopefully the Public has a videotape that can be viewed

81
Great writing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you are up for a very funny evening of Shakespeare in the Park. This production is short on poetry but long on laughs.

Don't see it if you require subtlety, melancholy and rapture in your "Dream".

83
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like your comedy broad and playful. You enjoy a very accessible Shakespeare outdoors on a pleasant summer night.

Don't see it if Your idea of woodland sprites are septuagenarians in nightgowns. What's that about?

Also Lots of delightful scenery chewing in this one ( especially Annaleigh ... Read more Read less

82
Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if You love Shakespeare, or like creative comedies.

Don't see it if You don't like sitting outside, or don't like Elizabethan theater.

89
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Magical set

See it if Magical production with good casting. Terrific ashford was on point with every move. Very fun evening. The singer was great and added verve

Don't see it if You need Shakespeare to be just traditional. The sets were magical and the language very easy to follow though

80
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Romantic

See it if You enjoy fun and entertaining productions of Shakespeare's comedies

Don't see it if You don't like modern twists on classics

85
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you wanted to see a lovely version where you don't need to "study" ahead of time. It may be a little wacky for some but still...

Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare a little more traditional.

75
Delightful, Funny, Refreshing

See it if After the terrible JULIUS CAESAR, this was a delight. Annaleigh Ashford stole the show.

Don't see it if It's still Shakespeare. It's still long. The seats at the Delacorte are still very uncomfortable.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if You are looking for a great time in the park and some fabulous and fun performances of the fluffiest of Shakespeare shows! A great evening!

Don't see it if You hate being outside and laughing

79
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Lighthearted, Playful

See it if you'd enjoy a light and campy modern take on a classic

Don't see it if you prefer classical Shakespeare


July 31st, 2017
"Ms. deBessonet has brought to the play the high spirits and communitarian pageantry that made her previous park outings...so embraceable....Unusually well cast, her production is full of sharply etched if sometimes unsubtle comic performances...What the production lacks in depth and subtlety it ...
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July 31st, 2017
"Huggable and kind-natured...Annaleigh Ashford, as Helena, offers a divinely funny portrait of romantic desperation—she works offbeat wonders on every line—and Shalita Grant’s Hermia slides memorably from pertness to fury...Clint Ramos’s fanciful costumes and Justin Levine’s brassy-funky ’70s-fla...
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July 31st, 2017
"As directed by Lear deBessonet, this 'Midsummer' is not so much play as pageant, a Technicolor mishmash...There are plays that are pure, delightful fluff. 'Dream' doesn’t have to be one of them. There is a there there. And it’s angrier, dirtier, sexier and therefore much, much funnier than the g...
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July 31st, 2017
"A delightfully frothy theatrical palate cleanser...Delivers loads of antic fun, even if there are times when the kitchen-sink approach borders on overkill...Shakespeare's convoluted story line...is rendered here with uncommon clarity. But while the performers prove highly adept with the poetical...
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