A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public Theater)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public Theater)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Public Theater) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(233 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (233)

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148 Reviews | 34 Followers
100
Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to experience pure joy

Don't see it if No reason

64 Reviews | 24 Followers
100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You want a funny night out with a fab cast.

Don't see it if You don't have a love for modern updates of the bard. Read more

235 Reviews | 232 Followers
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!

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
96
Absorbing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You have or have not seen Shakespeare in the Park. Go!

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see this. Well, it's over now, but go see Shakespeare in the Park next year, no matter what

324 Reviews | 71 Followers
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

548 Reviews | 1904 Followers
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 ...

82 Reviews | 32 Followers
95
Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a little magic in Central Park; you want to laugh at an amazing cast lead by all-stars Annaleigh Ashford and Danny Burstein

Don't see it if you don't enjoy any cuts in your Shakespeare; you are only a fan of the tragedies

55 Reviews | 9 Followers
95
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Romantic

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and comedy. This is a wonderful production of one of Shakespeare's funniest and romantic shows - all happy endings!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Shakespeare or hate physical comedy. Also, some of the comedy may be a bit inappropriate for kids (but may go over heads).

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
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 makes up for in clarity and swiftness...For all that, I missed the moments when, in some productions, Helena’s desperation lands a punch in the gut."
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Time Out New York
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-flavored score add to the swirl of pleasure. DeBessonet's production welcomes the spirits of community theater and theater community. You leave with a lovestruck smile."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 glitter-bomb that’s currently exploding at the Delacorte...The production is not without fun — it just feels rather desperate to ensure that you are in fact having fun every minute."
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New York Daily News
July 31st, 2017

"A high-spirited hodgepodge that glides along with just a few hiccups and so-so performances. At 2 3/4 hours, the show comes close to overstaying its welcome. But sustained laughter and amusement compensate...Ashford oozes hilarity from start to finish as the besotted Helena...Two more standouts are Danny Burstein, who serves up thick slices of ham as Nick Bottom...And Jeff Hiller, an ace comic actor makes a big impression in the small role of the artisan-actor Flute."
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Variety
August 1st, 2017

“Who’d have thought that the Rude Mechanicals would rescue a floundering production…Whatever overall concept deBessonet had in mind for this production is lost in a muddle of performance styles…The antics of the lovers are all at odds...While the acting tends to sitcom style, none of it comes from the same sitcom…Unlike those self-conscious young lovers, the Rude Mechanicals never play to the audience or force a laugh."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 language, the action is as much physical as verbal...While not all of the performances are effective, the standouts in the ensemble provide ample compensation."
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AM New York
July 31st, 2017

"A bright and jubilant staging of the perennial romantic comedy...Except for a few distinct touches—older actors playing the fairies, a tree house containing a live band and ad-libs directed to the audience, to name a few—deBessonet’s production is relatively straightforward...This shifts the focus to the terrific performances of Phylicia Rashad, Danny Burstein, Kristine Nielsen, Shalita Grant and Annaleigh Ashford."
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NY1
August 1st, 2017

“‘Midsummer’ most certainly entertains in exuberant fashion; and if not a perfect production, its spell of enchantment makes for a near perfect midsummer night...Director Lear deBessonet assembled a dream team of talents to strut their stuff...The performances are sublime…If it all seems a hodgepodge, it is but a delightful one that holds pleasant surprises…If there were occasional misses, it mostly hit the bull's-eye aiming for both heart and funny bone."
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