A Midsummer Night's Dream | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2014
Price: $10-$25
Meddlesome fairies cause trouble and then set things to rights in William Shakespeare's comedy about a series of magic-assisted romantic mix-ups in an enchanted forest. But the fairies sink Jason Martin's staging of the play, thanks to performers who are too busy writhing and twirling to bother with making themselves understood. It's too bad the supernatural parts are so tedious, because the cast shows promise elsewhere. Of the four young lovers lost in the woods, the women are especially strong. Diana Coates makes a tangy and intelligent Hermia, while Deborah Craft brings a surprisingly effective Carol Burnett-like goofiness to Helena. Joshua D. Allard's costumes are presumably meant to be sexy and exotic, but everybody ends up looking like a Game of Thrones extra. —Zac Thompson
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