“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Presented by Seattle Shakespeare

This is not Shakespeare as you’ve come to expect it. Oh no, this is Shakespeare as a Broadway musical, and what better of his plays to present in this fashion than “Midsummer Night’s Dream” where mortals meet fairies and magic is in the air? Director George Mount has created a lollapalooza, crowd-pleasing delight that he suggests is “a celebration of all things theatre.” And it’s a celebration you won’t want to miss.

You’ll find wonderful physical humor incorporated throughout. Do pay special attention to MJ Sieber who seems born for the role of Bottom, a role that gives him ample opportunities to be the clown with exquisite timing. His scenes with the Queen of the fairies (Vanessa Miller) are by themselves worth the price of admission.

But there’s so much more including dancing, from tap to tango, and lots of it. Do you like acrobatics? Here you’ll find some amazing stunts, and most of them are performed to music provided by an orchestra above and behind the actors that is directed by Dayton Allemann.

What can I say? I, who love to laugh, loved this production. It features a remarkably skilled cast, marvelous stagecraft, a clever set, lovely costumes, and surprising special effects. The ending is so ridiculous, so over the top that I still giggle thinking about it.

Shakespeare wrote for the masses, for simple people as well as highly literate ones. He would give two thumbs up to this production.

Through May 21 at Cornish Playhouse, 201Mercer Street, Seattle, 206 733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org.

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