A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nov. 15—Dec. 30 Check with venue for price information.
Shakespeare Theatre Company
610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
All the stage is a stage in Ethan McSweeney’s mildly diverting rendering of the Bard’s sprite-infested comedy. The director confines the action to a literal theater -- the Athenian court situated in front of the proscenium arch, the fairy-filled forest behind it, a conceit that seems tailor-made for sophisticated theatrical legerdemain. But while there’s a bit on display, what with fairies popping out of trapdoors and swinging from chandeliers, true magic resides mostly in the antics of the clueless “rude mechanicals” who inhabit both realms and conclude the evening with their fiercely amateur mounting of the “tedious brief” tale of Pyramus & Thisbe. They’re great fun, and if you’re lucky, as with many a dream, the tail end of this Dream is all you’ll remember. (BM)

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