A Midsummer Night’s Dream (review)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (review)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (review)
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THE PLAY: Possibly Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, this romantic romp features fairy creatures, several sets of lovers and a troupe of theatrical buffoons. Thanks to magic spells, several people fall in love with the wrong character to humorous effect.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This cast is populated with accomplished talent that manages the comic confusion with aplomb. Dixon Cashwell’s frustrated lover is a standout, in addition to The Mechanicals, who provide the show’s most funny moments. Meanwhile, the fairy kingdom, even though sprightly, never seemed to take flight. Director Jan Powell has kept the energy up and liberally sprinkled the farcical, physical comedy that she does so hilariously (Audra Honaker’s over-eager reaction is a highlight). The decision to adjust the period to early 20th century didn’t improve the interpretation and made for a confusing costume mishmash (and the decision to give Hippolyta a Spanish accent was just weird). NOTE: Sit in the upper bleachers to catch the extended entrances/exits thru the yard.

 

THE POINT: While this production has an accomplished cast and a sprightly energy, it’s just shy of magical.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall thru 7/6

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

2 Comments

  1. I agree that the “accomplished talent. . .manages the comic confusion with aplomb,” but a new face on the scene was worthy of note. Raven Wilkes, a VCU theater student making her professional debut in the role of Puck, brought tremendous energy to her role and lit up the stage the entire night!

  2. A rather generous review, I thought. I found this production uninteresting and uninspired. Oh, and unfunny…

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