Director Terri McMahon begins her production with youthful fairies wandering onstage with pillows to fall asleep in comical poses. There are matted-hair fairies and a roller-skating eunuch. And an important one.
But Hermia and Lysander Kyle Hester are in love, so that night they run away—followed by Demetrius, who is followed by Helena. The Globe is a beacon.
It is disruptive, unnerving, highly comic. That Nickell and Paulsen manipulate an invisible love potion by mime and sound effects, using no props whatsoever, is hysterically effective.
And all is beautifully lit—especially those trees—by lighting designer Kent Dorsey. Meanwhile, the fairy queen falls instantly in love with Bottom—who has acquired the head of an ass symbolized by a pair of donkey ears in typical productions, although costume designer Christina Dinkel also outfits Addison with equine legs, tail, and a furry loincloth.
Performance artist Meow Meow makes Titania a vision of sylvan sexiness — and provides a high-grade comic turn as, rushing to go to bed with Bottom — she gets in an extended tangle with her tights.
It brings new audiences to intricate dramas. That they even got the stage erected in time for opening day is no less a feat of magic than anything devised by Puck and his fleet of fairies.
Titania swans down from the sky in chiffon. Most enthusiastic of her crew is Nick Bottom, all too eager to take on every part in their show, played with endearing comic bombast by Bernard K. There is a touch of George Formby and a nod to David Bowie.
The former chief of Kneehigh has also instantly dispelled the anxiety of some admirers — me among them — that her background in movement and visual theatre would mean that words got short shrift. Once you drive all the way through the golf course, turn right at the Club House and keep going.
Sightlines are good, and the box office, restrooms, and parking lot are all immediately adjacent to the performance space so you no longer need hiking boots and GPS to navigate to the stage area. Thousands of reviews later, she still loves the movies! It is sometimes over-energetic, but it is a glory.
All are soon lost in the forest, where Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, also played by the commanding Nickell, and the warm, regal Ellis are having a tiff.
But it goes awry: It cracks the surface of normality and lets hallucination and truth escape hand in hand. After graduating from UCSC, she worked at a movie theater, and a bookstore, before signing on as a stringer for the chief film critic at Good Times, in Unseen by the mortals, Oberon commands his cohort, the wily Puck Larry Paulsento work a love charm.
Ousted by the university which retained the original name, Shakespeare Santa Cruzthe company has risen phoenix-like, rebranded itself as Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and found a new home in DeLaveaga Park.
City Council approval to build the new space was only granted in February of this year, meaning SCS has had a scant five months to complete construction. Call or visit santacruzshakespeare. Smolin, so good last year in The Liar, is a riot as lovesick Demetrius.
But first, a noblewoman, Egea Carol Halsted brings a suitor that her daughter, Hermia Katherine Ko—appropriately little and fierce, also funnyrefuses to marry, Demetrius Brian Smolin —formerly engaged to Helena Mary Cavett. It may not be as ornate as some versions of Dream, but the sheer cleverness of this minimalist production makes us eager to see what SCS does next.
Tristram Kenton A sitar player sends music pulsing through the action.
A year later, she inherited the job. The stage nestles in a grove of pine and eucalyptus, with an open space for picnicking in front of tiered rows of permanent benches and chairs. When Oberon casts his spell on the Fairy Queen, he seems to rape her. One pair of lovers is gay.The Globe's Emma Rice: 'If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare' Read more In her first production as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Emma Rice has thrown down a glittering gauntlet.
Evan Lewis Smith (Oberon) and Aisha Kabia (Titania) star in the Independent Shakespeare Co. production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the.
Jul 20, · Smart, funny debut play in SCS’s new space. A&E Review: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Smart, funny debut play in SCS’s new spaceOccupation: Film Reviewer. May 14, · Michael Hoffman's new film of "William Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream" (who else's?) is updated to the 19th century, set in Italy and furnished with bicycles and operatic interludes.
But it is founded on Shakespeare's language and is faithful, by and large, to the original play.3/5. Jul 13, · Casey Wilder Mott’s modern take on William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is comprised of roughly a million impure creative choices, but the most telling might be what he does to poor Nick Bottom.
In the Bard’s play, the comic relief character is eventually given the head of a /5. Jul 11, · Rachael Leigh Cook and Hamish Linklater in the movie "A MIdsummer Night's Dream." (Gregory Smith / Brainstorm Media) At initial glance, the notion of Shakespeare’s oft-reinvented “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” reset in modern-day Los Angeles complete with a surfer dude Puck and texted soliloquies wouldn’t exactly lend itself to movie magic.Download