Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Visiting Company at Chicago Shakespeare) - 12/6/08

Director Tim Supple's all-South Asian, multi-lingual "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is miraculous. Indeed, this is a radical departure from how the Shakespeare's romp has been historically performed, but I found this to be, in spirit, the most genuine and affecting of the numerous "Midsummer's" I've seen. Mr. Supple understands that manic, almost reckless sexual energy is key to the play, and his youthful and attractive players provide that in spades. It doesn't much matter that they are speaking in unintelligible South Asian dialects half the time, their intent oozes out of their every movement and the exotic, seductive music (played live) which accompanies them. Darn good theater.

Rating: ****1/2 (out of *****)

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