A Midsummer Night’s Dream OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 5, 2015
    Closing:
    June 28, 2015

    Theater: 47th Street Theatre / 304 West 47th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Summer loving in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" follows crisscrossed lovers into the woods, where they quickly fall under the spell of an impish charmer weaving a wacky web of true love. Magic, mixed messages, misunderstandings lead lovers awry and will leave the audience questioning which wedding we'll attend before the story ends!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Embraces Fun and Folly of a Classic

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    June 17, 2015: Poor Shakespeare, so often smothered by reverence when all his work wants to do is breathe. And breathe it does, deeply, in the breezy, joyously oxygenated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Tamilla Woodard for Masterworks Theater Company. Warm-blooded, frolicsome and splendidly cast, this production at the 47th Street Theater leads with its heart. Nimbly played, the lively young lovers seem as if they could live down the street: the defiant Hermia (Sheria Irving), her distressingly inconstant Lysander (Reynaldo Piniella), the spurned Helena (Becca Ballenger), her eventually enamored Demetrius (Emilio Paul Tirado). They swoon, and we feel their rapture. They torment one another, and we pity their pain. When something is funny, which is often, the audience bubbles with belly laughter. The quality of mirth here is not strained, not even close, and thank goodness for that. There is more to praise, but first a note for the purists. Masterworks, a brand-new troupe led by the producer Eric Krebs, aims its work at high school and college students, hoping to introduce them to the classics.

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