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

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