A Midsummer Night's Dream
“The Marin Shakespeare Company cleverly transforms Dominican’s Forest Meadows outdoor amphitheatre into languid and indulgent Hawaii, complete with giant Tiki gods, torches and Spike Jones’ 1946 classic ‘Hawaiian War Chant.’…
Director Robert Currier welcomes the audience with an amusing primer on several choice Hawaiian words which have been inserted into Shakespeare’s archaic prose; many other modern twists are left to surprise the audience….
Marin Shakespeare Company does an outstanding job in blending the antiquated with au courant for this truly entertaining performance. Where else can you hear iPhone’s Sirius in a fairy forest, or be lulled by the Bard’s prose set to ‘Aloha Oe,’ by Queen Lili`uokalani? It’s charming to have intern actor Sean Mirkovich’s ukulele bridge this era gap. Audience members should be advised in advance that the Hawaiian theme dictated use of some skimpy swimsuits.”
- Cari Pace, Marinscope
“Director Robert Currier transports the action of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the magical shores of mystical Hawaii under the gaze of the Tiki Gods which were created by Sculptor Antonio Echeverria. Made out of wood and foam, these gods flank the Hawaiian set designed by Mark Robinson. The scent of hibiscus and twang of ukuleles permeate Shakespeare’s story. The Hawaiian music is the creation of the Sound Designer and Composer, Billie Cox. This is all to get us in the mood before the play begins….
Bringing fresh takes to their roles are Jessica Salans as the pushy and feisty Hermia, Luisa Frasconi as the sexy and pouty Helena and the laugh out loud antics of Jarion Monroe as Bottom. Dressed in bright red, Cat Thompson makes a beautiful and graceful Titania and James Hiser as Puck, Oberon’s right hand man, carries the show.
Director Robert Currier has employed excessive physical action to garner laughs, and the young lovers do great justice to Currier’s use of physicality. Speaking of laugher, special mention should be made of Alexander Lenarsky’s portrayal of Thisbe, the leading lady when the play of the workmen is actually presented at the end of the show.
This modern adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream might make the strict, Shakespeare purist squirm a little but these additions definitely help to add context to the language by keeping things interesting and adding a modern spin.”
- Flora Lynn Isaacson, For All Events
"Extraordinary production...Spectacular! Vibrant, exciting, wonderful...very, very funny performance."
- Julie Motz, KWMR Radio
“…the entire cast delivers laugh-out-loud comedy….Currier paces the show for non-stop laughs. The merrymaking ensemble swirls and twirls through the madcap romances. This show charms with frolicsome fun! A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a sweet comedy not to be missed!”
- Adrianne Goff