Already closed | 1h 40m | East Village

Let's Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream

From 15 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow

About the show

William Shakespeare's classic comedy gets a new twist with Onomatopoeia Theatre Company's four-actor production. More…

From the show:

Do you want to play a game? Well Shakespeare's faeries and mystical creatures are upset because last year The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company only produced one show and it wasn’t even a comedy! To make up for this, they are magically forcing four of mortal actors from NYC to play a chaotic game where they must perform the roles of the Four Lovers and the Rude Mechanicals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”! It will be a night of theatrical chaos full of music, laughter and dance! Come have fun as an audience of magical creature’s plays with a group of foolish mortal performers! Please join The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company as we lovingly tear apart this timeless classic searching for romantic love while also trying to appease all things magical!

1h 40m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (15)


Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow
Avg Score

Fluffy, Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if If you like traditional Shakespeare this is not for you. If you like silly e look works about Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If you like traditional Shakespeare or a good story line.

Not much fun, Mostly painless

See it if you are interested in every Shakespeare adaptation you can find.

Don't see it if you are looking for anything near traditional Shakespeare.

Also The idea of transferring MND to a contemporary club for a competition ... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Confusing, Entertaining, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you would enjoy a new take on the Bard's play - this one with some local references and a hard working troupe. Interesting light projections

Don't see it if you want an understandable version of MND. This is a liberal interpretation that will leave anyone without complete grasp of this play lost.

Fluffy, Slow, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to support a young, enthusiastic company tackle Midsummer w/some new ideas. You're very familiar w/Midsummer.

Don't see it if You want Midsummer performed closer to the actual text: scenes are jumbled & lines are swapped around for no reason made clear.

Also The cast gets the spirit of the text, if not the technique. Props for ... Read more Read less

Amateurish, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like bad, misguided, updated Shakespeare. This play might be for you.

Don't see it if you respect the Bard.

Also I felt sorry for the young cast in this almost unwatchable take on one... Read more Read less

Insipid, Slow, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you have to see any new production of Shakespeare; you have a friend in the cast; you like the idea of a game-show version of Shakespeare

Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist; you expect a professional play to feature uniformly excellent professional acting.

Also This was so disappointing. I'm not opposed to experimental Shakespeare... Read more Read less

Great writing, Ambitious

See it if Bit of a swing and a miss - they're trying to do something new (audience chooses who plays what role, though I think it was decided already)

Don't see it if It's...fine. It's well enough acted and staged, but you've seen better Midsummers. splitting the woods/mechanicals scenes didn't work for me

Disappointing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if I was looking forward to a creative take on this well-known Bard’s Play. Alas, it has an uneven casts and not too interesting take on it.

Don't see it if If you don’t know the story of the play, it’ll be pretty confusing to grasp what the heck is going on?!

Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if If you are are a Shakespeare fan and if you enjoy plays with complicated story lines.

Don't see it if If you are not a Shakespeare fan and would rather would rather see a play with a simple story line.

Amateur, Strange, Confusing

See it if You know someone in the cast. Or you see every Shakespeare performance in the city. Or you’re a talent scout searching for young actors.

Don't see it if You’re expecting traditional Shakespeare.

Also The show feels like something you may see at a college. Young actors w... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Clever

See it if you like close up theater and innovation and shortened Shakespeare

Don't see it if you don't like participation

Great staging, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are open to creative takes on Shakespeare and enjoy laughing

Don't see it if You like your Shakespeare straight up, or get restless if a play is long - this nearly two hours with no intermission

Also A talented and spirited cast combined with lively direction made for a... Read more Read less

Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Funny, Confusing

See it if you really love off-beat, over-the-top, modern takes on Shakespeare done by the equivalent of a good college theater troop.

Don't see it if you want a musical, serious theater, or traditional or realistic Shakespeare.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You like Shakespeare and don't mind a very quirky abridged version of a Bard comedy. Especially if you can go in to it with an open mind.

Don't see it if You can't genuinely appreciate a very liberally abridged version of this Bard comedy.

Also I dare say you won't find another adaptation quite like this one. It w... Read more Read less

Collegiate, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You are open minded to seeing a group of young actors take on a very ambitious rendition of midsummer.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional, professional take on the show.

“Let's Play: A Midsummer Night's Dream” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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