Shakespeare's Magical Comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream
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The last date listed for A Midsummer Night's Dream was Saturday July 16, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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It's one thing to lampoon Broadway's greatest musicals, it's quite another to satirize them with such zest and imagination, you wind up creating another great musical in the process. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is exactly that kind of show, one that aims to make fun of musical theater ... only to prove the genre's greatness beyond any doubt. The show takes a simple plot -- "I can't pay the rent!" -- and spins it five different times, each in the style of a genius composer or composing team, including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The result is a quintet of brilliant tributes to Broadway's best, packed with zingers, witty references and truly great songs. Kristin Towers-Rowles directs for Chromolume Theatre. Learn More
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Though not a total loss this production leaves a great deal to be desired. The first screech on the chalk board was the blocking. The director must double as a armature county line dancer, too often the actors didn't cheat out to the audience which is a technique that should have been mastered in children's theater. In addition a couple of the actors should take a tip from Demosthenes and practice their line with a few marbles...I couldn't understand a word.
Their were however a few diamonds in the rough, Philica Saunders performance was note worthy and if it were not for her comical antics and the ability to gain the empathy of the audience it would have been an other wise bleak evening. If you have finished your house work and you have no laundry to do, oh and of course if you have $20.00 you dont need than this production is a must see.
Written in the twilight of the 16th Century, Shakespeare’s triumphant work has withstood the test of time, making audiences laugh, cheer and hoot over the centuries. Truncated by the Puritan Age, over-inflated by the Victorian Age, and simplified in the 20th Century, Ark now brings this classic tale back to its roots.
Shakespeare lovers are already familiar with the twisting and turning plot of the Bard of Avon’s farce. In this production, audiences will experience once again, or perhaps for the very first time, the magnificent wedding between the Duke of Athens and the Amazon Queen, they will be enchanted by the magic and revelry of the forest fairies, and they will delight in the play within the play put on by the rude mechanicals.
As Shakespeare penned, “love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” Everything about this production is dedicated to bring focus back to the power of Shakespeare’s words and his universally profound themes: love, identity and sexuality. Creative stage design and contemporary costumes allow Shakespeare’s legendary wit and style to take center stage.
The cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream includes Kate Bergstrom, Rich Carillo, Alex Coleman, Osa Danam, Walter Gray, Adrienne Hertler, Will Hickman, Lamar Hughes, JoAnna Jocelyn, Cody Kearsley, Anna Quirino, Mattius Ramos, Brad Satterwhite, Philicia Saunders, Cooper Sivara, Fiona Sweeney, Aurea Tomeski, Letty Valladares, Sarah Watson, and Carolyn Wright.