A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Chamber Play

My last play of the Stratford season and the last night it was being performed. I am very glad I managed to get to see this intriguing and unusual production.

Four excellent actors – Dion Johnstone, Mike Nadajewski, Sarah Afful and Trish Lindstorm, use the words from the Shakespeare play, and tell the stories of love and confusion, loss and death, but not in a way you have ever seen before. Shakespeare’s words come to the front in this production and you hear them as you have never heard them before, no matter how many times you may have seen the play. It was fascinating and riveting experience. I loved it.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Chamber Play

  1. keithhpotter says:

    This was my second visit to this production – I was there opening night when Cathy was too sick to attend.
    I agree that by removing the play’s context, the focus is very much on the words, and some of them present in a very different light. The sections from the Mechanical’s play-within-a-play make you see the tragedy that is hidden in the comedy of the full production.
    It also provides quite the workout for the four actors – and a good advertisement for their skills. Trish Lindstrom, who I thought seemed uncomfortable on opening night, was much more into her character this time around, and it was great not to have the distraction of Dion Johnstone’s mike crackling on and off (another opening night issue).
    All in all, an interesting production and well worth attending.
    I am glad to see the Festival take some chances.

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