Theatermania Midsummer Review
A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the West End Theater, rewards audiences of all degrees of familiarity with the play.
(Photo: Shalin Scupham, Bottom: Christina Shipp, Titania: Kira Blaskovich, Pease Blossom: Tiffany Clementi, Wisp: Charlotte Graham)
The ensemble's spirit of thoughtful exploration can be keenly felt throughout the show. Indeed, while some of the production's more curious choices don't work, others turn out to be wonderful,
most notably the casting of actresses in the traditionally male roles of Puck (Nitya Vidyasagar), the mischievous fairy,
(Photo: Shalin Scupham, Cobweb: Hannah Rose Peck, Mustardseed: Cailtin Kinsella, Moth: Michael Swartz, Bottom: Christina Shipp)
and Bottom (Christina Shipp), the braggart actor who is transformed into a donkey. (In the latter instance, we're not watching a female play a male character. The production has re-imagined the character's gender.)
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