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A Midsummer Nights Dream is an excellent humorous play written by Shakespeare It is highly characteristic of Shakespeare bringing several subplots into one masterful story I have seen this play presented in a classical format and I found it thoroughly entertaining Directed by Robin McKee UNLs March 27th performance of Shakespeares comedy was most definitely entertaining but not because it was well done I found the drama laughable though the comedy did not come from Shakespeares clever writings In fact the presentation of this play seemed to ignore much of the scripts original wit and focused completely on a ludicrous setting By setting the classical piece in the sixties the audiences attention was diverted from the quality of the dramas phrasing On top of these atrocities the theme was inconsistent Numerous drugs were consumed onstage illustrating a sixties motif but characters seemed to be dressed in either fifties drag with poodle skirts or they portrayed the discoing seventies in polyester suits The idea of presenting this play in a setting more familiar to our generation was clever and introduced several new interpretations For example when the band of stoned actors are chased by beasts of the woods their plight is intensified by the knowledge that they are extremely prone to paranoia due to the drugs they have been stoking all day When one of the actors is turned into a donkey there seems to be a fine line between reality and fantasy a common problem accompanying drug use These added touches do supply ample humor though I noticed that the viewer who laughed in these instances seemed to identify a little to well Finally I felt that the acting in this play was marginal at best While I enjoyed some of the characters the strained verse of others became wearing It is acceptable to change the environment of a play in order to give a worn out production a new twist
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