A Midsummer Night's Dream

ensemble theatre · merely players shakespeare co. · Ages 12+ · family friendly · United States of America

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June 17, 2016 #seeitorskipitla correspondent original article
tagged as: #SeeItLa · shakespeare · magic

What I liked

This is a solid #SeeItLA as it is a highly accessible take on one of the favorites from Shakespeare’s canon.

What I didn't like

There are a couple of places where mispronunciations mangle the poetry a bit, and due to the cutting there are things brought up in the beginning that are never resolved in the end.

My overall impression

Merely Players Shakespeare Co. delivers A Midsummer Night’s Dream with all of the prerequisites – ridiculous Mechanicals, warring Theseus and Hippolyta, rash lovers and a mischievous Puck – all in a quick 90 minutes. Even better, they throw in their own personality by enhancing the magical aspects of Oberon and the fairies. It’s a fun addition and helps to explain how Oberon is ever able to get close enough to a sleeping Hippolyta to anoint her eyes. Tune in to Episode 4 of the See It or Skip It podcast to hear more about this production.

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