While A Midsummer Night’s Dream
may or may not be Shakespeare’s best comedy — shout out to all my fellow Much Ado About Nothing
peeps — it has certainly, over the years, been his most beloved and oft-interpreted.
The fantastical Midsummer
, a damn clinic in Shakespeare’s wit as well as his knack for misdirection and absurdity, follows the interwoven stories of Theseus and Hippolyta (Duke and Queen of Athens); Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius (four young and gullible lovers); the Mechanicals (a hilariously bumbling group of tradesmen tasked with putting on a play of their own); and Oberon, Titania and Puck (the unforgettable and mischievous woodland fairies).
Through a barrage of fumbles, false starts and trickery, the play provides a lighthearted and surreal meditation on the fickleness of love and the romanticism of fools. This weekend, the Classic Theatre opens its new season with a month-long run of the famous play in a production guest directed by Joe Goscinski.
$18-$33, 8pm Fri Sept 7-Sat Sept 8, 3pm Sun Sept 9, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org.
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