Highlights of the show include:
- Karen Wiese-Thompson as a very funny and earthy Puck. She shares a wonderful rapport with...
- Sun Mee Chomet, who digs into the role of Oberon, King of the goblins, with glee and a lusty laugh.
- Elise Langer's hilarious transformation into the aforementioned ass, with the stomping of feet, an overbite, and subtle horse sounds in her speaking.
- The marvelous Gavin Lawrence as the distinguished duke and the lovestruck Titania.
- The delightful and surprisingly moving love story between the four lovers - Anna Sundberg's serious and devoted Lysander, Brittany Bradford as a radiant Hermia, Kurt Kwan's persistent Demetrius, and Mo Perry's hurt and disbelieving Helena. These four also have fun turns as the hapless actors rehearsing and badly performing the silly play-within-a-play.
- Peter Vitale's playful cacophony of sound coming from the corner of the room that never distracts from, but always adds to, the story.
- Fun, simple, and effective costumes by Sonya Berlovitz. Actors start out wearing pajamas, then don robes (color-coded to help remember which couples go together), with dark and fantastical coats and headpieces as goblins in the forest.
- Little ad-libs or side comments that perhaps aren't in the script, but make the story feel more current and relatable.
- During some scene transitions, actors slowly don a new costume, as if sleepwalking and waking up in a new life.
A Midsummer Night's Dream continues at Open Book through November 3. You can never go wrong with a TTT show, and this is a fun new take on a classic.