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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S TOUR Roadshow/Shakespeare in Delaware Park
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Jun 16, 2024, 14:26
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Through August 19
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TOUR touring company/Shakespeare in Delaware Park

For almost half a century, Shakespeare in Delaware Park has been a keystone of the local summer cultural season.
Again, this year, SIDP is offering an addition to the traditional two shows on Shakespeare Hill, this year, “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Comedy of Errors.”
The company is touring a “Reader’s Digest” version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” across Erie and Niagara Counties.
It’s cut to around an hour, eliminating most of the supernatural dramatic content in the forest outside Athens.
That massive cut is slightly balanced by some solid stagecraft from Norman Sham and Kate Olena’s puppetry.
Besides Sham, the cast is Isaiah Brown, Ayden Herreid, Katie Osborn and Lauren Teller.
They bound on and off stage, change costumes hurriedly and carry on with the comic events in Athens and in the forest.
I saw it in a tent in the Roycroft complex in East Aurora, surrounded by lots of trees.
Director and script adaptor Brendan Didio boiled this script down to the play being staged by the apprentices of the town and the relationship maneuvering of the young nobles of Athens, skipping around the supernatural events in the forest.
There’s a lot more to the original Shakespeare play but this production has the span of a TV hour-long show or those 50-minute college lecture hours.
"A Midsummer Night's Tour" is fun and entertaining, benefiting from a strong cast, veteran and newcomers.
You can look at the web schedule for "Toure" or head down to Shakespeare Hill.
Either works, as does seeing all three.

A.W.

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