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

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

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 8 2012

Gary Griffin's production of the Shakespearean romance starts off with a bold declaration of intent: a photograph of Sigmund Freud that dominates the stage. But despite a few fine performances and a zesty pace, his interpretation of this Dream is ultimately unconvincing. The Edwardian setting doesn't fully illuminate the divide between the magical world ruled by Oberon and Titania and the human realm of Theseus and Hippolyta. The four fairy-dusted young lovers are also insufficiently differentiated, their anguish swallowed up by manic stage business. But sporting a shaved head, corset, and Dirk Diggler-size nether package, Elizabeth Ledo's Puck supplies the saucy, sensuous edge that the rest of this pleasing but safe show lacks. —Kerry Reid

Price: $44-$75


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