A Midsummer Night's Dream | Ingraham Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through July 31 2016

A fully convincing production of Shakespeare’s convoluted tale of young lovers and roving actors bewitched by a bevy of forest fairies requires the creation of a convincingly magical world. Muse of Fire’s 90-minute version, performed in an open corner lot behind the Evanston Civic Center, can’t muster much magic, making the fairy world and its chicanery as unaccountable as the pair of stepladders that constitute the set. And the double and triple casting makes mayhem of the overpopulated final scene. But while the supernatural elements fizzle, the human realm—most especially the austere Athenian court—is rendered with satisfying clarity, a particularly impressive feat considering the ensemble works without a director. Best of all, the quartet of flummoxed lovers are deft physical comedians. —Justin Hayford

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