A Jazzy “Midsummer Night’s Dream” Set in 1930′s New Orleans [Berkshire on Stage]

July 10th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara
(photo by Kevin Sprague)

(photo by Kevin Sprague)

Theatre review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: A Midsummer Night’s Dream is probably Shakespeare’s best known and most performed play next to Romeo and Juliet, and while it has within it the seeds of the tragedy about the star-crossed lovers, it does not end with a double suicide, but with the joy and happiness of a group wedding. But even more uplifting is that fantasy and reality are what we see married in this Shakespeare classic.

Gail M. Burns: And it is a very special show for Shakespeare & Company because it was the first show they ever presented outdoors at The Mount in 1978. Artistic Director Tony Simotes, a founding member of the company, played Puck back then. He has directed this production, which is the Company’s eighth, its second indoors in the Packer Playhouse.

Larry: Simotes decided to set this production in 1930’s New Orleans which means it opened, not surprisingly, with some Dixieland Jazz.

Gail: We both loved the music, composed by the multi-talented Alexander Sovronsky. In addition to acting as composer, music director and sound designer for this production, he also plays an hilarious Francis Flute who in turn is cast as the leading lady in Pyramus and Thisbe.

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A “Midsummer’s Night Dream” in the Woods @ Dream Away Lodge [Berkshire on Stage]

June 19th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara

From Watertown in Greater Boston, the New Repertory Theatre has been known for the quality of its work. Finally the Berkshires will get a chance to see some of it as the company brings their daytime version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Becket at 3pm on Saturday (June 21) and Sunday (June 22) at the Dream Away Lodge. Presented by New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company and directed by Clay Hopper, this is A Midsummer’s Night Dream that will be FREE and open to the public with donations accepted.

“We’re pleased to bring our professional touring company to the legendary Dream Away Lodge this summer,” says New Rep Artistic Director, Jim Petosa. “To present this spirited play in such a beautiful outdoor setting during the summer solstice is truly special, and will serve the play magnificently.”

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