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

Magic lurks in the shadowy crevices of adapter-director Derek Van Barham’s eroticized overhaul of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through 17 mostly contemporary pop songs (Troye Sivan, Nicki Minaj, Years & Years), Shakespeare’s tale of disruptive fairies bamboozling would-be lovers becomes a pansexual floor show. Led by preternaturally seductive Nathan Maurice Cooper as Puck, Van Barham’s cunning 12-person cast find unlikely profundity in radio-friendly tunes (who knew Britney Spears’s "Toxic" could be heartbreaking?). The show, produced by Pride Films & Plays, is hampered by a convoluted narrative that never makes adequate sense, and given how successful the evening’s least linear scenes are—as when each of the four lovers delivers a monologue divorced from time—it might benefit from more strangeness and less story. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$30

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