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The previous reviewer is entitled to his opinion...,
This review is from: Midsummer Night's Dream [VHS] (VHS Tape)
But he really ought to reconsider displaying his ignorance in such a public forum. Admittedly, this production is not for everyone; if you cannot appreciate a production which strips away special effects and slick editing to allow the Bard's magical words to be spoken by well-cast (particularly Ian Richardson as Oberon) actors, you should stick with Titanic and Phantom Menace. I can't imagine what you were expecting, but I'm truly sorry you didn't get it. To answer your question, this IS the RSC's performance (albeit it bit more adventurous a production than one would expect from today's RSC). Lastly, let me quote from Allan Bloom's excellent work, "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human." "Unfortunately, every production of [A Midsummer Night's Dream] that I have been able to attend has been a brutal disaster, with the exception of Peter Hall's motion picture of 1968, happily available on videotape."