A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of William Shakespeare’s most notable plays, was a big hit for Theatre West. The play was adapted to the 1960’s in New York City, creating a unique vibe that was emitted by the cast once they stepped on stage. Since Shakespeare is especially difficult to act out on stage, the plot was confusing at first. However, the lead actors pulled off the story so well, no one needed a No Fear Shakespeare book to comprehend it.
Leading actors such as Kyle Dana, Gianna Barberia, Josh Dejesus, Emily Orlando, and Tara Ranjbar were extraordinary and truly transformed into their characters on stage. None of the actors missed a single line during their performance; it seemed almost as if speaking in Old English was second nature to them. During the fairy court’s Bob Fosse inspired dance scene, the long green garlands hanging from the top of the stage sparkled with lights. These decorations highlighted the immense effort of the stage crew.
With the allure of Shakespeare’s play, the auditorium quickly became crowded on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. Family members and students joyfully watched the production, and laughed along to arguments between the characters. Theatre West has conducted many highly successful plays such as Amadeus and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which have won Huntington Tony Awards in the previous year. This production has absolutely lived up to the standard of those aforementioned plays and even surpassed it.