It was hot. So hot that self felt she was sitting in a jeepney in the Philippines. But she didn’t want to get up or miss even one minute of the Cal Shakes’ production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She loved every single moment: Young love, crossed purposes, magic potions, sexy Queens, a handsome Lysander (strumming a banjo — and his voice was not bad, either), a feisty Hermia, a very hip Puck (bronze Coke-bottle shades, fur down both pants legs, bare chest, thank God he was buff), a hilarious Bottom, mood music, a rousing finale — what more could one wish for?
In keeping with the setting, this production was like a family affair: Puck addressed the cell phone issue and segued right into his lines from the play. Characters ran up and down the aisles, or looked directly at various audience members as they were speaking. When The Players perform, in Act II, members of the cast were seated among the audience, shouting their comments. It might have been like this at the Globe –? This is what self loves so much about watching a Cal Shakes’ production: There is a lot of extemporaneous and impromptu action. Shakespeare isn’t “heavy,” like a classical tome.
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