A Midsummer Night's Dream | various locations | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Chicago Shakespeare Theater's outdoor staging of the Bard's lovable, batshit tale of missed connections starts out more drearily than dreamily, but as if by magic, once the players enter the enchanted forest their spells begin to work. This Midsummer's draw is the physical comedy that builds to a harrowing four-way tiff that humanizes everyone except Ryan Imhoff's sicko Lysander. That's apt, since the most gratifying thing about the production is a moment in the morning-after scene when he and Hermia (Tiffany Yvonne Cox) peer at each other like suspicious strangers before shaking it off and skipping to their nuptials. It's a chilling reminder that though affairs are restored to order, Lysander's sadistic mistreatment of Hermia has permanently changed something between them. —Jena Cutie



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