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Cincinnati *MND*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0729.  Monday, 12 September 1994.
 
From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Sunday, 11 Sep 1994 21:47:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        MND Performance
 
Last night Robin and I saw a truly extraordinary performance of MIDSUMMER
NIGHT'S DREAM at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Directed by Martin
Platt, it was stylish and perfectly paced. Theseus/Oberon, Hippolyta/Titania,
and Philostrate/Puck were all doubled, a decision that led to some interesting
theatrical moments. The set was designed by Russell Parkman: "a Belle Epoque
mansion in Argentina" with "Greek-inspired columns" and a star-gate that opens
onto fairyland. Bottom is a handsome pool player -- beautiful and not too
bright. Titania mirrors him precisely. Lysander is a Moor, and the allusion to
Othello is subtle, but definitely there. Brabantio or Egeus silently forgives
the eloping couple near play's end. (I was moved.)
 
If you live near Cincinnati, this play is worth the trip and the price of the
ticket -- I think. Other playgoers seem not to have been quite so ecstatic as
I!
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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