A Midsummer Night's Dream | First Folio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Midsummer Night's Dream The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016

Last summer Hayley Rice codirected a wonderful production of The Winter's Tale with her mother, First Folio cofounder Alison C. Vesely. This year Rice directs alone, and though her stab at A Midsummer Night's Dream indicates her potential, the uneven show suggests that she needs more work. Elements of this oft-produced summer comedy work like a dream—Elsa Hiltner's costumes are a delight. But the show is marred by miscasting (Michael Joseph Mitchell, for example, is too weak to be either Theseus or Oberon, but might have made a killer Peter Quince) and too many over-the-top comic performances. And of the four lovers at the center of the play, only Sarah Wisterman, as the frequently put-upon Hermia, performs with the kind of passion that makes the Bard's lines soar. —Jack Helbig

Price: $29-$39

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