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“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.”
“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.”
“One of the joys of Stratford’s latest Midsummer Night’s Dream is seeing Geraint Wyn Davies play a Shakespearean role in which he remains alive into the second act…I’ve never seen a better performance of Bottom than Wyn Davies’…”
Reid writes that despite containing some of the most glorious poetry…”you wouldn’t know it from this leering, sneering production, full as it is with angry yelling, angry shouting and angry screaming.” For more this subject read Bill Casselman’s piece about Stratford actors and the poetry of Macbeth.
1 1/2 stars out of 4: “I don’t care how many productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream you’ve seen, I can almost guarantee that you never witnessed anything quite like the one that has just opened at the Stratford Festival.”
Coulbourn writes that Geraint Wyn Davies “comes close to stealing the show” but adds “this show is devoid not only of the kind of theatrical magic needed to bring it to life, but of the poetry, the textual clarity and the passion that would make it soar as well.”