That desire also sums up my larger critique of this vivid and capably acted show: It's such a smart conceit that I would have liked to see the ethos of the costumes and gadgets more tangibly infused into the characterizations of these mortals and fairies — into their personalities, their voices, how they move over the stage.

It's a scintillating premise, to set this human and spirit rumpus in a retro-futurist realm, a fitting reminder of just how out of this world our foibles with love might seem — whether in time, space, or just sensibility — even as they remain firmly in our own.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at  mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM | by William Shakespeare | Directed by Stacey Koloski | Produced by Portland Players, in South Portland | through January 29 | 207.799.7337

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Theater, Theatre, Jules Verne,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY MEGAN GRUMBLING
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE HYDROPHILIC LIFE  |  April 11, 2014
    The very winning world premiere of Underwaterguy , which Underwood both wrote and performs, runs now at Good Theater, under the direction of Cheryl King.
  •   THE PASSIONS OF PRIVATE LIVES  |  April 03, 2014
    Battle of the exes at Portland Players
  •   LEARNING TO HEAR, AND LISTEN  |  April 03, 2014
    The vicissitudes of identity and community are difficult negotiations in Nina Raine’s drama Tribes , dynamically directed by Christopher Grabowski for Portland Stage Company.
  •   THE DEAD DON'T LEAVE  |  March 28, 2014
    The complexity of familial love, regret, and shame, as seen between Charlie, who long ago moved to London, and his simple, sometimes confounding, working-class gardener father (Tony Reilly), are the crucible of Hugh Leonard’s Da .
  •   IT'S A HARD KNOCK LIFE  |  March 28, 2014
    Now young men, they are but two of the three orphans of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans , a drama about the fraternal shifts incited when a Chicago con-man named Harold (Michael Kimball) enters the lives of Treat and Phillip.

 See all articles by: MEGAN GRUMBLING