A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Four conflicted lovers flee from Athens and find themselves flailing around in the woods. They are unaware the woods are teeming with faeries, sprites and goblins who are also at odds! Their arguing attracts the faeries attention, and the knavish faery Puck attempts to put things right, only to fail with comic effect. A group of local artisans tramples into the woods as well, to ineptly rehearse a play to present at Duke Theseus’s wedding. Puck wanders upon their misguided work, and interferes, causing mayhem and laughter. The episodes of magic and slapstick resolve when the king and queen of the faeries reconcile and Duke Theseus and his betrothed, Hippolyta, discover common ground with their mutual love of dogs.
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is heartfelt, frivolous and romantic. It’s themes include the actions of faeries and men causing the weather to go out of kilter; it emphasizes the connection between man and nature and how that relationship can foster romance and renew the human spirit. Ultimately, it is a very accessible romantic comedy about human foibles and the joy and pain of love.