Tim Robbins Directs Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in Workshop
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Dynamic, moving, hilarious and so beautifully paced- we all never wanted it to end. A very special take on theatre's most enchanted play that honors the story and text so faithfully. What an extreme pleasure to hear all of the words spoken so clearly and naturally. Delishus!
It's rare to find a production that doesn't get overly tangled in the forest and fairy elements. Rather the characters here actually grow as their collective adventures progress. This organically enhances the emotional life of the piece and the characters and renders its larger themes in bold relief. As a result, it becomes very deeply moving amidst all the magic and mayhem. This almost never happens! Bravo, Mr. Robbins.
It's a very physical production which is very impressive. So many body types hurtling around the huge stage, choreographed seamlessly and effectively. The entire cast is utterly impeccable. It's impossible to single out any one member except to say that the heart and soul of the play in many ways lies with Hippolyta/Titania and so Sabra Williams in the role is a most tasty treat. Not afraid of anything at all, her portrayal is all at once proud, emotional, lofty and carnal. Can't say that very often, especially since the role is so often played more like the Madwoman of Chaillot than a complete human being.
I won't give away any more about the astonishing performances because you really must see for yourselves. If this sounds like a ringing recommendation, it is!
Don't miss it.
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The scenes in the forest were wonderfully inventive, the best I have ever seen. However, the hilarious play within the play was so overdone by the main actor that I was praying for it to end. Overall, it was a great ensemble effort well worth...continued
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