Friday, April 27, 2012

Rock the Ground Whereon These Sleepers Be...

If you haven't yet seen A Midsummer Night's Dream by OakTechRep (Oakland Tech's award-winning, internationally-touring theater company) you still have two chances to do so. And I promise you it is well worth it.

While some of the Shakespearean English was a bit hard to understand (there was some mumbling), this show still qualifies as the single most entertaining Shakespeare production I have seen yet. Ena Dallas's choreography was dynamic and eerily beautiful, constantly evoking an underground rave/party world. The lovers are preppy high school students entering a forbidden and confusing party world, the Mechanicals are steam punks, and the fairies are acrobats and belly dancers.

This show was promoted as a party, despite the fact that it is a Shakespeare play. This was not false-advertisement. There is even a gloving demo and light shows by the Illusionist before the show and during intermission . You will remain enthralled throughout the performance and leave ready to dance the night away.

There are two more performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream: Saturday, April 28th at 7pm and Sunday, April 29th at 2pm. The show is held in the Oakland Tech auditorium on the corner of 42nd & Broadway (enter through the side gate). Discount tickets ($5 for students, $8 general) can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets at the door are $8 for students, $10 general. This show may not be suitable for children younger than thirteen.

See you at the theater!

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