"Shakespeare in the Cemetery" Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
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The last date listed for "Shakespeare in the Cemetery" Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream was Sunday September 2, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Glendene W.
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Hollywood Forever is a beautiful cemetary.I prepared a feast of a picnic. We arrived early and got a front row patch of grass so we were right with the actors on the rolling green. It felt as though we were in the king's court viewing the play as it would have been viewed back in Shakespear's day: eating, drinking, lounging, and interacting with the actors. The actors did a fantastic job of using the huge open space available to them. It was easy to see, and hear the actors, and their performance was funny and well acted. It was a little strange to be so indulgent in a cemetary. I felt like perhaps there was too much folly for such a somber environment, but I got over that feeling quickly and enjoyed the living among the dead.
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Great venue for this magical performance. Unfortunately, the weather turned cold and damp. I took extra blankets and sweatshirts for my group - but they were all cotton! I recommend taking non-cotton blankets and attire (no jeans) - as you will...continued
New York may have “Shakespeare in the Park,” but Angelenos will now have a new way to experience the Bard’s work as the Hollywood Forever Cemetery present Shakespeare’s classics in their park every summer. Audiences are invited to arrive early, bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic dinner to enjoy.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is unique among Shakespeare’s comedies. Combining elements of farce and the romantic comedies of his later years, Shakespeare created a wildly magical and mercurial play, possibly his first true masterpiece. The piece was likely created for a court wedding, attended by Elizabeth I, Queen of England. As such, Midsummer is a play within a play, watched by the members of the court represented on stage watching Quince, Bottom and their band of lowly craftsmen weave a play of “tragical mirth,” as Shakespeare comments on the politics of the realm and his own profession.
The setting is Athens, but this production imagines an Athens embraced by the magic and mirth of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. Who can say what will become of the lovers as they travel through the forest, caught in the dark spell of midnight, madness and love?