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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Broad Stage

Photo by Simon Annand

Photo by Simon Annand

Myron Meisel – The Hollywood Reporter

Like many of the best things in life, overindulgence, even with the classics, can lead to irritability. One could well be sated for life with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (probably the most frequently mounted of all Shakespeare comedies) after landmark productions by Max Reinhardt, Peter Brook and Peter Hall, the Benjamin Britten opera, the George Balanchine ballet, not to mention a classic Czech animated feature or a recent starry Hollywood version. That is to say, there had better be a compelling reason to tour any new version internationally.  Read more…

Dany Margolies  -  Arts In LA

Something is unusual about a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in which Hippolyta is the most interesting character on the stage. While the audience enters the theater in this Bristol Old Vic touring production directed by Tom Morris (one of the original directors of War Horse), Saskia Portway, who plays Hippolyta, is onstage, laboring in what appears to be a weather-beaten atelier. Portway is engrossed in sculpting or fixing something. Read more…

Now running through April 19.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Theatricum Botanicum

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

As Bottom, performer Katherine Griffith may be the best reason to see this amusing but somewhat quotidian presentation of Shakespeare’s seasonal classic. Cast across gender by directors Melora Marshall and Willow Geer, Griffith’s likable blowhard garners a plurality of the laughs, along with his proletarian colleagues, whose presentation of Pyramus and Thisby before Theseus’ court is this production’s comic highlight.
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Now running in rep through September 25.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Ivy Substation

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Deborah Klugman – LA Weekly

Developed through workshops under Tim Robbins’ direction, this inspired production of Shakespeare’s fantasia snaps and crackles with the comedic shenanigans of a dynamic ensemble. Visual spectacle, so often integral when this piece is produced, here takes a back seat; instead, the performers merrily cavort across a setless stage, relying on costumes, original music (by composer David Robbins), sound and their own imaginations to underscore the magic of Shakespeare’s text.
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Now running through August 31.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Ivy Substation

Photo by Dianna Olivia-Day

Photo by Dianna Olivia-Day

Dany Margolies – Arts In LA

Why is this Night different from all other Nights? To start with, it’s smart, it’s imaginative, it’s beautiful, it makes sense of the peculiar world Shakespeare created. It takes the titular dream to heart, as characters shape-shift and locales subtly morph. Still, the text is clear. Under the direction of Tim Robbins and starring a mere 12 actors, it’s one of the best versions to have graced LA stages in recent decades. Read more…

Now running through August 31.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the New American Theatre

Mayank Keshaviak – LA Weekly

Bottom is the tops in New American Theatre’s take on the classic tale of love and mischief, here set in 1930s Greece. Director and company founder Jack Stehlin brings energy and cheeky wit to the character of Nick Bottom by fully exploring the hills and valleys of Shakespeare’s linguistic landscape.
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Robert Cicchini and Vanessa Waters.  Photo by Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Robert Cicchini and Vanessa Waters. Photo by Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin