“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Intiman Theatre produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company

Scrumptious! Magical! Enchanting!

Select your adjective. Seattle Shakespeare’s mounting of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the best I’ve ever seen. Here’s a production whose set design, costumes, lighting, and sound are so inventive that they bring whole new meaning and excitement to a play most of us have known since high school. The acting is good, as it usually is in this company’s productions, but it is the production itself that is the star here.

Kudos to Director Sheila Daniels and her team including Andrea Bush (set), Jennifer Zeyl (costumes), Ben Zamora (lighting), and Robertson Witmer (sound). I’ll describe little of their work to you. Be surprised and delighted as I was.

The play begins on a stark open stage. A bright crimson carpet slashes across the floor. An arrow-like light slashes across the backdrop. In this austere setting we meet the two couples who will have their midsummer night’s dream and the two men who cause them to run away to the forest. Then suddenly, the action shifts to that forest and the magic begins.

The play is an exploration of love in all its permutations. Couple that with fairies, buffoonery, mystery and longing and you have Shakespeare at his best. Go see it.

Through November 13, at Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer Street, Seattle. (206 733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org)

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