A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Critics

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Independent Shakespeare Co. celebrates the 15thanniversary season of free Shakespeare in Los Angeles City Parks. The Old Zoo will be transformed into an enchanted forest with an all-new production that envelops the audience with the action of the play. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, directed by Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Artistic Director, Melissa Chalsma, will begin previews at THE GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL on Saturday, June 30 at 7pm and will open on Saturday, July 7 at 7:00pm and perform through Sunday, September 2 at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. All ISC Summer Shakespeare productions are FREE to the public! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM is the first of two productions being presented at this year's GRIFFITH PARK FREE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. TITUS ANDRONICUS will open July 28 and then the plays will run in repertory through September 2. It's hard to tell where reality ends and dreams begin in this intoxicating joyride of a play. Otherworldly creatures, lovers on the run, and a group of amateur actors all converge in a deep forest outside of Athens. When their worlds collide, chaos ensues and nothing but magic has the power to set things right before the sun comes up.

Reviews

It was completely enjoyable, a wonderful break from reality. If we are lucky, we might be able to carry some of its magic into our daytime realities.

sweet - Michael Doherty - ...read full review


There a young, diverse and enthusiastic company brings this silly, wonderful play to life in a particularly accessible way. The vision is large, the al fresco setting clever, and though the performances are a bit variable, the net result ranges from pleasant to endearing.

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson, Daily News - ...read full review


This production's diverse cast is a wonderful reflection of Los Angeles. Some of the actors are new with the company, such as Julia Aks, playing Helena wonderfully. Others are veteran members, such as Evan Lewis Smith, playing Oberon and, once again, gifting us with an amazing performance... This is a fantastic, most recommended, production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


David Melville plays Bottom. This actor is an Errol Flynn of idiocy, a swashbuckler of foolishness, and fans will not want to miss this latest addition to his gallery of portraits. Katie Powers-Faulk, who has contributed so much as choreographer and dancer to ISC (and does so again here) makes a smashing Hermia, whose desperate flight into the Athenian woods initiates the action. There's a lovely performance by Bukola Ogunmola as both Peaseblossom (Titania's attendant) and Flute (the mechanical who rehearses the role of Thisby). And we have the return to ISC of audience-pleaser Richard Azurdia as the shy Snout.

sweet - Gray Palmer - Stage Raw - ...read full review


It was completely enjoyable, a wonderful break from reality. If we are lucky, we might be able to carry some of its magic into our daytime realities.

sweet - Michael Doherty - ...read full review


There a young, diverse and enthusiastic company brings this silly, wonderful play to life in a particularly accessible way. The vision is large, the al fresco setting clever, and though the performances are a bit variable, the net result ranges from pleasant to endearing.

sweet - Frances Baum Nicholson, Daily News - ...read full review


This production's diverse cast is a wonderful reflection of Los Angeles. Some of the actors are new with the company, such as Julia Aks, playing Helena wonderfully. Others are veteran members, such as Evan Lewis Smith, playing Oberon and, once again, gifting us with an amazing performance... This is a fantastic, most recommended, production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

sweet - Dena Burroughs - The Fume of Sighs - ...read full review


David Melville plays Bottom. This actor is an Errol Flynn of idiocy, a swashbuckler of foolishness, and fans will not want to miss this latest addition to his gallery of portraits. Katie Powers-Faulk, who has contributed so much as choreographer and dancer to ISC (and does so again here) makes a smashing Hermia, whose desperate flight into the Athenian woods initiates the action. There's a lovely performance by Bukola Ogunmola as both Peaseblossom (Titania's attendant) and Flute (the mechanical who rehearses the role of Thisby). And we have the return to ISC of audience-pleaser Richard Azurdia as the shy Snout.

sweet - Gray Palmer - Stage Raw - ...read full review