Opens Jul 31

A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Public Theater)

Members say: Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Delightful, Funny
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98 reviews

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

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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.


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During previews
Funny, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like to see a comedic Shakespeare play performed by actors who enjoy hamming it up for the audience. A new twist to a wonderful setting.

Don't see it if you do not like outdoor plays; cannot imagine unusual casting; have no sense of humor; want consistent accents; need perfection

Also Kristine Nielsen , Danny Burstein, Annaleigh Ashford, De'Adra Aziz, Ky... Read more Read less

During previews
Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging, Uneven

See it if Ashford is unbelievable in this production. A few other actors were good as well. Great staging. Easy to understand. Enjoyable overall.

Don't see it if Many disappointing performances. Some casting choices, although bold, made the show awkward to watch. End drags. Could be shortened.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if A delight from beginning to end. Annaleigh Ashford was brilliant. Funny as hell. My favorite thing I've seen all summer. Magical.

Don't see it if I suppose if you don't get Shakespeare you might not care for it. But it's staged in such an accessible way, you might like it anyway.

Also I cannot say enough about this production. Annaleigh Ashford was the p... Read more Read less

During previews
Kyle beltran, Annaleigh ashford, Shalita grant, Alex hernandez, Danny burstein

See it if you're a fan of Annaleigh Ashford and can't miss one of her performances. She's remarkable, as are all the lovers.

Don't see it if you haven't enjoyed Lear deBessonet's Public Works productions in the past. This feels a bit like one of those.

During previews
Luminous park dream extravaganza

See it if Hilarious perfs by Ashford, Nielsen and Burstein. Eye-popping costumes. Nice music. Faithful to the text. Nice rock music.

Don't see it if you don't want me camp added to your Shakespeare. Long (2 hours 40 mins) but I didn't mind. Other fine perfs by Rashad, Poe, Hiller

During previews
Campy, gimmicky...summer-y fun, Public never gets shakespeare right

See it if you get a tix on a good weather night. Set is lovely. Some actors are good, some aren't (Theseus is awful). Ashford's funny, but very broad.

Don't see it if you want more than superficial entertainment. Poetry of WS's words is lost in the garish costumes/slapstick. Almost like children's theater.

Also The Delacorte productions often frustrate me. With all the money avail... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if superb cast and setting. Lighting is gorgeous. performances outstanding. Burstein Rashad and Ashford are outstanding. Nielson is perfect

Don't see it if tickets are hard to get, can get rain on as it is outdoors . almost 3 hours in the park

During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Forced

See it if A "Dream" with elderly spirits & wrestling lovers shouldn't forgo Will's music for musical comedy hard sell. Obvious fun, but not ethereal.

Don't see it if U feel "Dream" doesn't need shtick but invention & subtle interpretation "that give delight, and hurt not." Comedy that clobbers is a pain.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of shakespeare or anyone in the cast. Truly fantastic performances, so so funny throughout! Very fun & creative production.

Don't see it if it's the middle of a heatwave. The theater really blocks the breeze and sitting in sweat for hours changes your experience negatively.

During previews
Funny, Great costumes, Great staging, Great sets, Odd casting choices

See it if you want a fun evening. Some excellent performances, if over the top, by Ashford & Burstein &Jeff Hiller. Rashad,& Alex Hernandez also good.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist. Some odd casting choices. Nielsen, a fine actress, was all wrong as Puck. Superannuated fairies, why?

During previews
Solid but long production - more bawdy than magical

See it if You enjoy comparing approaches taken to Shakespeare Want an evening of iconic New York entertainment There are a few standout performances

Don't see it if A long hot night in cramped chairs will bother you to distraction You only enjoy more modern interpretations of the Bard U hate large casts

Also This is a solid but somehow still boring production. It has some inter... Read more Read less

During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining, Unevenly cast

See it if you want to see a serviceable (sometimes enchanting, sometimes hilarious, mostly uneven) production of Shakes' classic romance.

Don't see it if you're a WS purist. Incongruous musical interludes, inconsistent performances, miscast Puck (!), plodding play w/in play mar the production.

During previews
Confusing, Slow

See it if You enjoy childish "scene within a scene" plays and are able to follow super-confusing plots which are not explained well.

Don't see it if You want a fast-paced evening, as it runs 2 hours 42 minutes and feels significantly longer.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if you want to see the best Shakespear in the park ever

Don't see it if you dont like watching shows outdoors

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Wet

See it if Disclaimer : only saw 45 minutes of it before rain got too much for me and my friend . What we saw, we loved.

Don't see it if You don't have the time to invest in waiting for tickets , but it's a winner

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Humorous, Cute, Uneven

See it if You enjoy Shakespeare. Want to see a nice production in the park. Ashford lights up the stage and is wonderful!

Don't see it if Cast is uneven. Some are great, some not so much. Some scenes drag on, would have been fine with additional trimming.

During previews
Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Slow, Hoping the play pulls together by opening

See it if you like Shakespearean comedies, good acting and outdoor venues. As usual, Ashford steals the show and is hilarious. Excellent Burstein.

Don't see it if insects and hot weather are drawbacks (bring insect repellent). The production is fun but the director is still not sure of the play's flow

Also By curtain time, the staff was still unsure whether or not one, two or... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Entertaining, Insipid direction, Generally good comic acting, Nonetheless funny

See it if you like the play (it's still there), with a great set, and wonderful Annaleigh Ashford and Danny Burstein, but

Don't see it if you think there's no need to tamper with Shakespeare. Adding loud, incomprehensible music and songs detracted from the performance.

During previews
Trying too hard

See it if Music was great. Burstein terrific. Otherwise -Sluggish and over the top/sitcommish.

Don't see it if Acting by and large was very disappointing. Not cohesive. I felt like I was watching three separate plays.

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

See it if Magical glorious production of singular play in enchanting theater in the Park -outstanding Annaleigh Ashford Danny Burstein Phylicia Rashad

Don't see it if You don't like the Shakespeare in the Park experience - music and dancing in the comedies in a glorious setting

During previews
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Slow

See it if to be outside watching shakespeare: it's always worth going. some funny bits, some shiny costumes, a bit of acrobatics, an elaborate set.

Don't see it if you are a purist and want an entirely traditional take on the play. A few modern asides, and some milking of gags, might annoy some.

During previews
Quirky, Indulgent, Great writing, Disappointing, Uneven

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare in the Park and accept that usually both casting and "concept" tend to be uneven.

Don't see it if you are tired of productions that seem to think Shakespeare needs to be "fixed" even thought it isn't broken, and of self-absorbed actors.

Also Annaleigh Ashford is normally wonderful, but in this production she is... Read more Read less

During previews
Somewhat disappointing, Great shakespeare, Anemic, Uneven casting/acting, Low-keyed direction

See it if you love this eternal, enchanting play and adore Shakespeare in the Park; beautiful costumes & magical scenery;a night out under the NYC sky

Don't see it if you have strong opinions on how Shakespeare should be performed; you don't like gnats in your wine

Also I love Shakespeare in the Park and love this play in particular but fo... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging, Iconic

See it if you want to see an enchanting staging of one of The Bard's classic works, shown outdoors and for free.

Don't see it if you have a hard time following Shakespearian dialogue, or just dislike this particular genre.

Also Shakespeare in the Park, once again impresses as A Midsummer Night's D... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a Shakesperean classic brought to life by an amazing cast. Annaleigh Ashford is flawless and Danny Burstein is hilarious.

Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or modern interpretations of his work. But this was a visual spectacular and well worth seeing.

Also I loved this show. The modern costumes and integration of contemporary... Read more Read less