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Recommended “...a lot of spirit...”

“Shakespeare's world gets the (early) 60s treatment. Keeping faithful to the language of the bard, this addition affects the costumes and the music, mainly. The 60s are delightfully on point in the latter case, with interludes of angel-voiced faery attendants singing pop and doo-wop hits punctuating the scenes and set changes.

“Shakespeare is never easy on actors, but this group brought a lot of spirit and understanding to the intricate and allusive wordplay. Joey Banks as Oberon led the pack with his mirthful, easygoing presence as he watched and subtly manipulated the goings on in the forest... The common folk—workers who put on the ridiculous play-within-a-play—worked well together and kept things light. The two marriageable maids were well cast, and Nicola Rinow as Helena brought energetic pathos to her role as the rejected and then exaulted—and bemused—lover, using broad physical comedy to bring the role to life...”

Nicola Rinow (Helena) and Bryan Breau (Demetrius).

"...the fairies cavort enough to make their own moonlight.”

“This, of course, is easily William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, if only because it delivers some magical goods.... Jeremy Thompson's Theseus ably distills the wonderful speech about the ties that bind lovers, lunatics and poets. Jen Mathews's Hippolyta blends regality and mythology in every stately gesture.... Dolled up in 60s' slumber-party frocks and glitzy pseudo prom dresses, the fairies cavort enough to make their own moonlight. The most touching ingredients here are the jukebox hits, including “Dream Lover” and “One Fine Day,” intoned in heavenly harmonies by the choral fairies.”
--Lawrence Bommer, STAGE AND CINEMA

Aaron Wertheim (Flute), Charles Askenaizer (Snout) and Keith Cavanaugh (Bottom).

"...energetic, engaging..."

“...an ensemble of colorfully-clad fairies singing live, harmonized arrangements of popular 60s tunes that match the story thematically...the overall idea works well, especially since the 60s style is also incorporated into the parts of Shakespeare's text that are sung... Miriam Reuter is an energetic, engaging Puck whose jaunty manner and interactions with the audience are a highlight of the production... Aaron Wertheim brings a surprising amount of personality to the small part of Flute, as does James Dolbeare in the role of Snug. Jessica McCartney is amusing as a no-nonsense, gender-bent Starvling.”

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“The fairy world in particular is wonderfully created and the incorporation of music was a fantastic idea.”
--Jerald Raymond Pierce, CHICAGO STAGE STANDARD

Miriam Reuter (Puck)

A Magical, Music-Filled Celebration of Love!

Get ready for doo-wop harmonies from magic fairies in a fun-filled interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the bard's most popular comedy. Director Ann Keen sets the production in an America of the early 1960's, a time of distinctive transition in our culture, as music, morality, and racial relations began a revolution.

Hilary Holbrook (Hermia) and Jos N. Banks (Lysander).

Ticket Info

A Midsummer Night's Dream ran at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago 60614 from April 20 through May 22, 2016. Previews April 20 and 21 ($15 adults, $10 students). Press Opening Friday, April 22 (regular prices). Benefit Night Saturday, April 23 ($40). Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Regular general admission tickets are $25. Seniors (65+) $20. Students (with ID) $10.

Laura Sturm (Titania) and Keith Cavanaugh (Bottom).

Free Parking

Greenhouse Theater Center patrons can find free parking at the former Children's Memorial Hospital Garage, located at 2316 N. Lincoln, just south of Fullerton Ave. There is a street light that marks the open entrance to the garage. Currently, the first three floors of the parking garage are open to the public for FREE. There is a 5 hour limit. In addition to the garage, there is metered parking on Lincoln Ave.

Aaron Wertheim (Flute) and Kevin M. Grubb (Peter Quince).

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