Sunday, September 1, 2013

Play-ing On The Beach A Midsummer Night's Dream - Rave Review

My love for Shakespeare first sparked in 11th grade English with Mr. Tassone was rekindled yesterday at Carson Beach with the Brown Box Theatre Project production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Children and adults alike will delight in fairy plots, dramatic duels and romance gone awry. Hermia and Lysander are determined to marry, despite her father's command that she marry Demetrius. Will the couple succeed in their elopement? Will the fair Helena capture the attention of Demetrius? What does the fairy queen Titania have to do with all of this and why is there a donkey on stage anyway? Discover the answers to all of this and more...Brown Box Theatre Project presents a magical interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as its Third Annual Free Shakespeare! Bring your beach chair or blanket and journey with us into the forest and explore the mysticism of happiness as the lovers and mechanicals of Athens stumble into the kingdom of feuding fairies and mischievous sprites.

Kyler Taustin, a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, founded Brown Box Theatre Project in 2010 with the goal of bringing the performing arts to communities and audiences that usually lack access to live theatre. This year’s performances at Boston Children’s Museum are just one stop in Brown Box’s Shakespeare at the Beach tour, a program that brings free Shakespeare productions directly into communities and schools.

What a delightful way to wind down summer with the characters from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream using a set with that enhances the action of the play and uses the expansiveness of the beach to set the stage for this wonderful whimsical theatrical experience. The actors' voices carry on the wind. It is live theatre at its best! The actors' convey the heart of Shakespeare through their words and embodiment of their characters. You need not be a scholarly student of Shakespeare to experience the delight and lyrics of Shakespeare communicated by the Brown Box Theatre Project troupe.

So it may not be midsummer but you definitely want to catch a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the Massachusetts area there are two performances today at 2 at Marine Park and at 7 pm at Still Harbor. Tomorrow you can catch a performance in Newburyport at Waterfront Park at 2 pm. The troupe then moves on down the East Coast to Maryland and Delaware. For more information about the Brown Box Theatre and performances visit their website. The Brown Box Theatre Project makes Shakespeare accessible to all!

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