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A Midsummer Night's Dream


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You'd think that having three different directors would make for confusion beyond what Shakespeare had in mind: Sabrina Lloyd stages the court scenes, Don Johnson directs the fairies, and Devin Brain rules over the rude mechanicals. But GroundUp Theatre's choice of a Mardi Gras theme and New Orleans setting creates a giddy milieu that easily encompasses accents from Elvis to Yosemite Sam, fashions from goth to Tammy Faye, and characterizations from a nerdy teenage Bottom to a cheerful voodoo-mambo Puck. Ninety minutes long, this outdoor production touring Chicago parks throughout the summer more than makes up for its lack of polish with its invention and exuberance, particularly during the rough-and-tumble horseplay on the grass before friends and lovers are peacefully reunited. 7/9-7/10: Sat-Sun 5:30 PM. Skinner Park, 1331 W. Monroe. Then 7/16-7/17: Sat-Sun 5:30 PM. Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina. Then Sat 7/23, 2 PM. Moran Park, 5727 S. Racine. Then Sun 7/24, 4 PM. Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St. Then 7/30-7/31: Sat-Sun 2 PM. Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk. Then 8/6-8/7: Sat-Sun 5:30 PM. Winnemac Park, 5100 N. Leavitt. Also Sun 8/7, noon. Ravenswood Manor Park, 4626 N. Manor. Call 312-217-0785. Free.

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