Seed Art Share and Raleigh Little Theatre stage A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Raleigh Rose Garden | Theater | Indy Week
Pin It

Seed Art Share and Raleigh Little Theatre stage A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Raleigh Rose Garden 

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is perfect for a secluded valley of vernal delights like the Raleigh Rose Garden. An up-and-coming community theater group, Seed Art Share, largely capitalizes on the space in its co-production with Raleigh Little Theatre.

Co-directors Ian Finley and Sue Scarborough split the difference between humans and faeries in this oft-told comedy of love and jealousy—and theatrical incompetence, by way of historically bad actors the Rude Mechanicals and their play-within-a-play, Pyramus and Thisbe.

Talents old and new mingle in this engaging production. Brent Wilson is a commanding Theseus, and Nan Stephenson convinces as Egeus, mother to Helena (Laura Levine), an Athenian maid in love with the wrong boy.

Jess Barbour ably takes on the loveless Hermia, Helena's friend and romantic foil, as they and their swains, George Labusohr's Lysander and Ryan Ladue's Demetrius, fall under the sway of faerie royalty (Sarah Winter's Titania and Benn May's more cosplay-like Oberon) in a nearby forest. Sarajo Berman's choreography for a phalanx of elementary-school sprites, to rustic tunes from Nick Johnson's band, casts a spell all its own.

Mike Raab gets laughs as a boisterous Bottom, lead actor among the Rude Mechs. Philostrate (Tim Cherry) and Quince (Lorelei Mellon) withstand the bumbling efforts of overeager Snout (Tanner Lagasca), a hipster Starveling (Dustin Britt), a stoner Snug (Amy Sawyers) and Flute (Allan Maule).

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Theater



Twitter Activity

Comments

This looks wonderful! I cant wait until it goes on the road so we can see it in California!

by Michelle Nogales on Pioneering African-American Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler’s Empathy and Foresight Take the Stage in Parable of the Sower (Theater)

Spelling error for one of the owners of RRE: it's Rebekah Carmichael, not Rachel Carmichael. Also, the shows run between …

by J Robert Raines on Raleigh Room Escapes Slips Through the Keyhole Between Room-Escape Games and Immersive Theater (Theater)

Most Recent Comments

This looks wonderful! I cant wait until it goes on the road so we can see it in California!

by Michelle Nogales on Pioneering African-American Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler’s Empathy and Foresight Take the Stage in Parable of the Sower (Theater)

Spelling error for one of the owners of RRE: it's Rebekah Carmichael, not Rachel Carmichael. Also, the shows run between …

by J Robert Raines on Raleigh Room Escapes Slips Through the Keyhole Between Room-Escape Games and Immersive Theater (Theater)

your 20 sept review of playmakers current offering missed the boat, big time. the play portrayed all the characters as …

by Pointyhead on The Cake Edits Reality to Ignore the Everyday Consequences of Bible Belt Homophobia (Theater)

Oh, I'd be amused even without the in-jokes. These folks are having a great time, and the setting is transportive. …

by needsomeokra on Wants Upon a Time Is a Commedia Dell'arte Interrogation of What Happily Ever After Really Means (Theater)

The photo credit is incorrect. The photo was taken and edited by Areon Mobasher for Burning Coal Theatre Company. Please …

by Areon Mobasher on The Greeks Streamlines Sophocles’s Theban Trilogy Into Three Nimble, Strikingly Modern One-Acts (Theater)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation