Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Plummer Park


This energetic young company did Shakespeare proud and, even sans microphones, was able to reach the ears of its Plummer Park fans.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" producer Charline Su and director Michael Matthys.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” producer Charline Su and director Michael Matthys.

Having directed the play numerous times myself, it was great fun to sit back in a lounge chair and experience the delightful clashes between the various groups lost in the Forest of Athens. I especially loved the girls – Hermia and Helena (Marina Moore and M.J. Beyer) who go from bosom buddies to hair-pulling enemies while fighting over – yes, you guessed it – boyfriends.

The hard-handed mechanics are a motley bunch who delighted the local kids with their madcap melodrama with Bottom (Rolando Martinez) as the star turn. True to tradition, Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta double as Oberon and Titania (Joshua Thomas and Charline Su) to magical effect.
One of the Bard’s most memorable imps, Puck, is deftly played by Nicholas Mc Donald. The lover-boys, Demetrius and Lysander (Tyler Fromson and Ross Baker) are both adorable.

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” was produced by Charline Su with lively direction by Michael Matthys. Costuming (some of which was originally worn in the Kevin Costner epic “Waterworld”) was conceived by Su. The performance was brought to you by Lovers and Madmen Productions and sponsored by the City of West Hollywood. There are three more free performances scheduled. So, bring your blankets and folding chairs and get over to Plummer Park at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 or 2 p.m. on Oct.19 and 26 for the last chance to see this fun show. Midsummer Night's Dream

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9 years ago

This looks like fun!

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