4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not necessarily to my taste...,
This review is from: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Arkangel Shakespeare) (Audio CD)
I like 'Dream' and have seen numerous productions, all film, so I didn't have any problems following the story. I didn't particularly like what was done with Oberon and Titania, giving them African/West Indian accents. Certainly Clive Brill, the director, needs to choose actors with distinctive voices so we can identify characters without any visual cues, but I found that these accents gave the text a start-and-stop cadence that I wasn't expecting and found a bit jarring to listen to.
On the other hand, I loved what he did with the Pyramus-and-Thisbe play at the end. Usually this feels like an afterthought, even though the actions in that play mimic that could have happened in the forest to the lovers. Here, I saw the point - the comments of the audience felt like we were right at home, making comments about our favorite TV show as we watch it. A kind of MSTK3000 Theatre - Shakespeare style. I know that is how it is written, but it is seldom performed that way, or at least not well. So, kudos to Brill for that.
If I were introducing someone to Dream I'd probably start with the film with Michelle Pfeiffer, largely because kids today would be amused to see that Batman was playing Lysander. Hey, you do what you have to.