We had a great time at the Cal Shakes performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream this afternoon. Contrary to silly Merc "where are my fairies?" review, we felt that this cheeky reconstruction was better paced than a traditional rendering, and it brought out better the sharp edges of love that are sometimes gilded by fairy light. Doug Hara as a Puck bubbling with physical humor, Danny Scheie as a full-of-himself Bottom, and Lindsey Gates as a sharply snippy Helena were my favorites, but the whole cast did a great job in keeping the play moving and entangling humor, fear, and sexual tension.
Thanks to Brad DeLong for the blogged recommendation.