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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 10, 1997
With its quartet of amorous couples and woodland setting replete with fairies, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is not only one of Shakespeare's most lavish romantic comedies, but one that offers a wealth of opportunities for an imaginative director and designers.Center Stage's season-opening production takes full advantage and delivers a fanciful, visually lush interpretation that reinforces the theme of the mysteries and blindness of true love, whose course never does run smooth.The visual opulence begins with designer Tony Straiges' set, which resembles a gigantic, two-level gilded bird cage surrounded by topiaries that float up magically, as if in a Magritte painting, when Puck arrives.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra could have included just a little sample of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to go with its latest program, which includes the overture and incidental music Mendelssohn wrote under the spell of that play. But this is an all-out production, and a beguiling one at that. Created in association with Washington's superb Folger Theatre, the semi-staged presentation, cleverly adapted and directed by Edward Berkeley, provides a generous helping of "Midsummer.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 24, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Beginning with its very title, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is the ultimate surrealistic Shakespeare play.So it's fitting that the design of the Royal Shakespeare Company's magical production at Kennedy Center, on its way to Broadway, is a homage to the great surrealist painter Rene Magritte.Umbrellas -- a favorite Magritte motif -- are a major feature of Anthony Ward's design. Against a deep blue background, Puck makes his entrance holding onto an umbrella that floats down to the stage, and the bed of Titania, the fairy queen, is a giant, upturned fuchsia umbrella, padded with matching velvet cushions.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | October 10, 1997
With its quartet of amorous couples and woodland setting replete with fairies, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is not only one of Shakespeare's most lavish romantic comedies, but one that offers a wealth of opportunities for an imaginative director and designers.Center Stage's season-opening production takes full advantage and delivers a fanciful, visually lush interpretation that reinforces the theme of the mysteries and blindness of true love, whose course never does run smooth.The visual opulence begins with designer Tony Straiges' set, which resembles a gigantic, two-level gilded bird cage surrounded by topiaries that float up magically, as if in a Magritte painting, when Puck arrives.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra could have included just a little sample of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to go with its latest program, which includes the overture and incidental music Mendelssohn wrote under the spell of that play. But this is an all-out production, and a beguiling one at that. Created in association with Washington's superb Folger Theatre, the semi-staged presentation, cleverly adapted and directed by Edward Berkeley, provides a generous helping of "Midsummer.
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By Anna Quindlen | October 24, 1991
GROWING UP, I had trouble seeing the women around me as role models. I loved my mother, but I saw her mostly as a woman with a diaper thrown over one shoulder, white mottled with pale yellow, her working clothes. Some girls saw that diaper as the shape of their own inevitable future; I found it an inevitable divide.We ambitious, discontented girls of 30 years ago had a hard time imagining how to imagine ourselves. There was the occasional inspirational teacher, the Miss Jean Brodie of Glen Oaks Elementary, and the fictional and historical women, the Molly Pitchers and Jo Marches.
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June 13, 2002
After a two-season hiatus, the Maryland Stage Company - the professional company in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County - is back performing for its home audience. Director Xerxes Mehta's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's comedy about the amorous adventures of humans and fairies, begins performances at Center Stage's Pearlstone Theater Tuesday. The cast is headed by Wendy Salkind in the double roles of Hippolyta and Titania, Scott Sedar as Oberon and Theseus, Bill Largess as Egeus and Peter Quince, and Dan Manning as Bottom.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | August 5, 1994
In staging "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Cloisters Amphitheater as its inaugural production, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival has chosen the Shakespearean play best suited to being performed outdoors on a summer night. And the fledgling theater company is taking full advantage of its open-air venue -- on the evening I attended, even a brief rain shower failed to interrupt the action on stage.But above and beyond the lovely, appropriate setting, the most interesting aspect of this solid production is that it isn't merely a light romp in the woods, as the play is often interpreted.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 15, 2003
Shadows and light are key components of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre. Yet visually intriguing as director Mark Lamos' interpretation often is, it doesn't shed much new or different light on Shakespeare's comic look at love - mortal and immortal. The emphasis on light and shadows begins in the opening moments. Lamos starts with a silent added scene - a young boy enters dressed in pajamas and carrying a lamp, which he uses to make shadow puppets on the back wall.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 25, 2002
The Maryland Stage Company's production of Shakespeare's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream is a mixed bag of tricks. Love is a difficult and sometimes dark struggle in director Xerxes Mehta's interpretation. One of the leads is seriously miscast, and there's far too much yelling for this ethereal comedy to truly work its spell. But most of the acting is just fine, and Mehta uses some effective (if not especially original) double casting to reinforce one of the play's major themes - the notion that love is blind.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 24, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Beginning with its very title, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is the ultimate surrealistic Shakespeare play.So it's fitting that the design of the Royal Shakespeare Company's magical production at Kennedy Center, on its way to Broadway, is a homage to the great surrealist painter Rene Magritte.Umbrellas -- a favorite Magritte motif -- are a major feature of Anthony Ward's design. Against a deep blue background, Puck makes his entrance holding onto an umbrella that floats down to the stage, and the bed of Titania, the fairy queen, is a giant, upturned fuchsia umbrella, padded with matching velvet cushions.
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By Anna Quindlen | October 24, 1991
GROWING UP, I had trouble seeing the women around me as role models. I loved my mother, but I saw her mostly as a woman with a diaper thrown over one shoulder, white mottled with pale yellow, her working clothes. Some girls saw that diaper as the shape of their own inevitable future; I found it an inevitable divide.We ambitious, discontented girls of 30 years ago had a hard time imagining how to imagine ourselves. There was the occasional inspirational teacher, the Miss Jean Brodie of Glen Oaks Elementary, and the fictional and historical women, the Molly Pitchers and Jo Marches.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 16, 1999
You don't expect reverential treatment from a director whose best-known Shakespeare production is a four-man interpretation of "Romeo and Juliet." In contrast to that stripped-down, off-Broadway hit, Washington's Shakespeare Theatre has allowed director Joe Calarco to pull out all the stops in his adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."The results, while intriguing, are mixed. What Calarco has created on designer Michael Fagin's boldly skewed set is more of a "Midwinter Night's Nightmare" -- an impression not entirely as negative as it might sound.
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By William Hyder and William Hyder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 10, 2005
Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream as a fun show for audiences in 1595. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, staging the play outdoors in the ruins of Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City, proves it can still be fun 410 years later. It is a situation comedy about romantic mix-ups. Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia. She loves Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. A young woman named Helena is mad for Demetrius, but he has no interest in her. Hermia appeals to the local duke, Theseus.
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