Play Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Albion College Theater department puts on it’s second play of the year this coming weekend in Herrick Theater. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by William Shakespeare in the mid 1590’s but will be set among the summer of 1969 under directorship of Zach Fischer (Photo by Jessica Behrman).

Albion College’s performance of William Shakespeare’s well known satire, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” kept the audience delighted on Saturday afternoon in Herrick Theatre. 

Directed by Albion College theater department chair Zach Fischer, Albion’s interpretation of the play mirrors the original, written by Shakespeare in the mid 1590s.

Fischer sets this version in the summer of 1969, allowing love and laughter to fill the plot and humor audience members from start to finish. Woodstock themed costumes and a colorful set create an interesting background for the show. 

“I’m always interested in finding the humor woven into the drama, and when it’s a comedy, I always go looking for the darkness,” wrote Fischer in the director’s notes.  

Shakespeare roots his play in the variability of the human heart. He places bumbling love and glittering fantasy in the hands of mischievous fairies to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. 

Oberon, King of the Fairies, acted by Carlton Williams, a senior, and Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, acted by Juji Berry, a senior, were key players in ironic schemes fed by jealousy and spite. However, in this created universe, fairies are just as flawed as mortals. 

As Oberon and Puck dish out love potions, the exhilarating dreams resolved in a happy ending for each of the couples, mortal or fairy. Ending with a play within a play, the audience rolled with laughter as characters Snug (Cailee Bywater), Bottom (Noah Ascensio), Flute (Governor Stovall), Snout (Zach Neithercut) and Starveling (Gabriel Corona) put on their own love story for Theseus, the Duke of Athens (Terrell Johnson). 

Admission is free for Albion students and faculty with an Albion ID card at the Herrick Mainstage. Otherwise, the cost is $5 per ticket.

Available Showtimes:

Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Nov.16 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

Cast:

THESEUS, Duke of Athens- TERRELL JOHNSON 

HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus- LANA BIBBS

EGEA, Mother to Hermia- ALLISSA SIDERS 

HERMIA, daughter to Egeus, in love with Lysander- AVA BOYD

HELENA, in love with Demetrius- MACI MOSS 

LYSANDER, in love with Hermia- SAM VANDERVEEN 

DEMETRIUS, in love with Hermia- ANGEL ARGUIJO

PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels to Theseus- PEACH NORMAN OWEN

QUINCE, the Carpenter, plays PROLOGUE- RYAN KLOOSTER 

SNUG, the Joiner, plays LION- CAILEE BYWATER 

BOTTOM, the Weaver, plays PYRAMUS- NOAH ASCENSIO 

FLUTE, the Bellows-mender, plays THISBE- GOVERNOR STOVALL 

SNOUT, the Tinker, plays WALL- ZACH NEITHERCUT 

STARVELING, the Tailor, plays MOONSHINE- GABRIEL CORONA

OBERON, King of the Fairies- CARLTON WILLIAMS 

TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies- JESSICA NEAL 

PUCK, or ROBIN GOODFELLOW, a Fairy- JUJI BERRY 

PEASEBLOSSOM, a Fairy- WILLOW MONTAGUE 

MOTH, a Fairy- RAVONNE DENT 

MUSTARDSEED, a Fairy- DIANA TELLO 

COBWEB, a Fairy/FAIRY ONE- ELENA MOURAD 

FAIRY TWO- PEACH NORMAN OWEN

About Jessica Behrman 40 Articles
Jessica is a senior from Fremont, Indiana, with a goal of one day becoming a science writer. She loves the environment, anything dark chocolate and an adventurous story.

1 Comment

  1. I attended Friday night’s opener and thought the performance brilliant, the set design and music exceptional (I’d like a playlist, please). If you’re ready to laugh, the conflict scene and play-within-the-play had me howling. If you’ve never experienced Shakespeare before, read a synopsis, then go to this production. Bravo and Brava!

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