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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Festival Theatre May 16 to October 11 More Info

Shakespeare wrote the play to accompany aristocratic nuptials

Positive Review
Blogging Shakespeare Rob Ormsby

Abra­ham empha­sizes his con­cern with Dream’s and its source material’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of cease­less meta­mor­pho­sis in the unfold­ing of true love’s unsmooth course…Whatever loose ends or con­flicts may remain between spouses, the direc­tor appears to want to accom­mo­date them on behalf of what the Wed­ding Cou­ple rep­re­sent along the way to …

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Well worth one of your summer nights

4 ½ out of 5 Stars
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The New Hamburg Independent Scott Miller Cressman

Direc­tor Chris Abraham’s update on the 420-year-old story is a home run…performances are strong through­out. Chick Reid plays the fairy Puck with mis­chief and a touch of the otherworldly.”

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Stretching Shakespeare

Mixed Review
The Chicago Tribune Chris Jones

Abra­ham is mak­ing a state­ment. Good for him, say I. There is great value in a pro­duc­tion that takes such joy in the sud­den changes in the world. The moment should be marked…But what­ever the gen­der or the sound­track, you still have to believe in the com­plex­ity of the relationships.”

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Bard may be the quintessential dead white European dude

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The grid Martin Morrow

[Direc­tor] Chris Abraham’s exu­ber­ant version…is a glo­ri­ous rainbow…framed as the enter­tain­ment at a mod­ern, mul­tira­cial gay wed­ding, this inclu­sive Dream has it all: same-sex lovers, a drag fairy queen, adorable kids, funny old folks, a Deaf char­ac­ter speak­ing in sign lan­guage, and a May-December marriage.”

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Wentworth and Beaty exquisite

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The National Post Robert Cushman

[Scott ] Went­worth him­self moves nat­u­rally into the role of The­seus; Maev Beaty is his Hip­polyta, and theirs are the best per­for­mances of these roles I have ever seen.”

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Bard dropped for Bruno Mars Lyric

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The Bard and the Boards Robyn Godfrey

Dream has some of the finest poetry in the entire Bardic canon, and such lines were sac­ri­ficed so that a food-fight, wet-t-shirt con­test and cheesy 80’s bal­lads could be inserted while a group of diminu­tive fairies sings Bruno Mars.”

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A joyous production

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The Slotkin Letter Lynn Slotkin

Abra­ham has made bold choices that enhance the play; asks the audi­ence to sus­pend its dis­be­lief just a bit, trust in the words and believe in that world…The trans­for­ma­tive power of love and won­der­ful, thought­ful, joy­ous theatre.”

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Depressingly foolish and self-indulgent

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Capital Critics circle Jamie Portman

An auda­cious con­cept fails to reach its poten­tial — per­haps because Abra­ham had no real idea what to do with it. Instead both it and the play itself are pul­ver­ized into stu­pid­ity by a direc­tor who should know better.”

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Love is in the air

4 out of 4 Stars
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Globe and Mail J. Kelly Nestruck

there is some­thing about Abraham’s Dream that makes you feel as if you’ve been set free, par­tic­u­larly after an open­ing week of solid, but stuffy ver­sions of clas­sic plays at Stratford.”

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Beautiful design

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Broadway World Lauren Gienow

Designer, JULIE FOX out­does herself…he Fes­ti­val The­atre stage is trans­formed into a beau­ti­ful and lav­ish ‘enchanted for­est’ of sorts. Green grass cov­ers the stage, lights dan­gle through­out, and in the cen­tre is a small pond that is used to hilar­i­ous effect in the sec­ond act.

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Outrageously daring adaptation

4 ½ out of 5 Stars
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Donald's Dish Geoff Dale

lighten up and remem­ber what the imp­ishly sly Puck says:
’If we shad­ows have offended /Think but this, and all is mended / That you have but slumber’d here /While these visions did appear.’”

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Abraham draws out timeless themes

5 out of 5 Stars
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The Examiner.com Christina Strynatka

Thanks to Abra­ham, Stratford’s pro­duc­tion of “A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” is exactly why Shakespeare’s works con­tinue to endure almost 400 years after his death. If kept in their orig­i­nal form, his plays would grow con­tin­u­ally out of touch with mod­ern audi­ences, despite the depth and beauty that lays in them.”

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Exhilarating!

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The Stratford Beacon Herald Bruce Urquhart

There’s love on stage – a love for Shake­speare, a love of the­atre and a gen­uine love between friends – that ele­vates this Strat­ford Fes­ti­val production…Abraham has tried to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, inter­weav­ing Shakespeare’s great­est comedic love story with this warm show of love between friends.”

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First ever review 1/2 star review

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The Toronto Star Richard Ouzounian

HalfStarLet me make it clear that my dis­like of the show had noth­ing to do with its cen­tral fram­ing device (that it’s all being per­formed to cel­e­brate the mar­riage of two men) or its selec­tive use of gender-blind cast­ing (Tita­nia is played …

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