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Kaleberg

We saw Taymor's Midsummer Night's Dream at the SIFF. It was the best production of the play that either of us had seen. The play needs to be set in a dream land and give a sense of the unreal and Taymor did a great job. The acting, especially that of the three tradesmen, was extremely imaginative. The whole play worked. Taymor emphasized the theatricality of the play. The forest was of bamboo staves and folding strips of cloth. The fairies were played by children and were incredibly eerie, almost unnatural.

It might not be to your taste. We were fascinated by the trailer and really impressed with the production. It might be worth streaming or renting.

Lance Mannion

Kaleberg, thanks for the heads up. I watched the trailer. It looks very much to my taste. I don't mind high concepts, just heavy handed statements. We saw a fun production back in Ft Wayne in the 80s that was done as a series of MTV videos. But the best production I've seen was by a troupe of 8th graders. Very minimalist with creative doubling and some gender swapping. Their Bottom was terrific. He would be in college now. I hope he's a theater major.

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