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A Midsummer Night's Dream
a Drama
by Shakespeare

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 959

SHOWING : June 27, 2004 - July 03, 2004



Hermia's father complains to the duke that Lysander has bewitched his daughter. Hermia's father wants her to marry Demetrius, and asks that the duke enforce a law that she obey him or be put to death. When Hermia and Lysander hear this, they run to the woods to elope. Demetrius chases them, and Helena who loves Demetrius chases after him. Chaos ensues and in the end four couples learn a lesson about love.

Cast Mark Kincaid
Costume,Tech, Jennifer Borden
Costumer Karen Rooker
Demetrius Alex Engquist
Hermia Kayla Victoria Fikis
Oberon Max Flick
Fairy Melissa Michele Goodfellow
Philostrate Samantha Herndon
Hippolyta Lauren F. Jones
Helena Jamie Link
Titania Jessica Marks
Fairy Jean Moses
Bottom David Olson
Robin Starveling Lindsay Olson
Fairy Mary Margaret Powers
Fairy Karen Rooker
Lysander Zach Safford
Fairy Stacey Serowitz
cobweb Stacey Serowitz
Puck Mark Shaw
feather Mark Shaw
Tom Snout(Wall), Fairy Heather Walker
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very well done
by Argeus27
Saturday, July 10, 2004
I know that it's a little late (about a week) but I haven't had time to write a review and I think this play certainly warrants one. Excellent job everyone! Every performer did a braeth taking job, and you could see their dedication as soon as they stepped on stage. As far as the vision for the show went, I thought it was a little inconsistent. I felt that if it was to be set in modern times, then every part should have some sense of that time period, not just the costumes.
Some of my personal favorites, David Olsen was remarkable as bottom. He's skinny, and baby faced, but for some reason (don't ask me why) that added to the comedy of his role. Mark Shaw was an excellent Puck. I have seen this production many times in many different cities, and Mr. Shaw has to be in the top three Pucks I have ever seen. Zach Safford was an very strong Lysander, and his manipulation of the language was very proffessional, and quite unexpected. I myself have never views Lysander as a "horn dog" but it fit remarkably. Jessica Marks as Titania was perhaps the most surprising of the cast. She commanded the language in a very mature way, and her physical movements added to it. It was evident that she deliberately attempted to seperate her character physically and vocally, who was a fairy, from that of the "humans" of the piece. And such a lovely girl. All in all just an excellent job, I hope I see everyone at Kudzu again. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
by googly110
Thursday, July 1, 2004
Wonderful job to the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream! I feel that show should go longer then 2 weeks, but I am sure whatever show coming up next will be fabulous too. First, I have to comment on the play-within-the-play scene which was hilarious. Bottam, who plays Pyramus, did an amazing job! (And looked VERY funny in his muscle-man outfit) The young lady who played Tom Snout (a.k.a. "wall") had me laughing throughout the whole scene, and also the girl who played Flute (a.k.a. Thisby) did a marvelous job, and I see no other person being able to fit that character. Great job to Jessica Marks as she was the most gorgeous Titania I have ever seen and to the fairies as well! Mark Shaw stole the show with his role of Puck, which had me laughing my head off every time he even walked onto the stage. The ladies who played Helena and Hermia were absolutely awesome! And the guys who played Lysander and Demetrius (hope I spelled that right) were fantastic! (And funny!) I definitely give this show a five, as it is the best show I have seen in a while! If you go see the show on a Friday or Saturday night, stay for Bad Eggs which is a comedy group!

Also, this is one of Kudzu Playhouse's BEST shows! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Poss sweet Midsummer REALITY!
by wolmaniac
Thursday, July 1, 2004
Now, my review may be a little biased considering i know most of the kids in the show. But i have seen many different versions of Midsummer, and this has been by far the best show i have ever seen. Max Flick was very good as both roles of Theseus and Oberon. Alex Engquist and Zach Safford took my breath away in their portrayals of Demetrius and Lysander respectively. Jamie Link was simply dazzling as Helena, and Hermia was just as amazing played by Kayla Fikis. Jessica Marks also did fantastic performing the role of Titania. However David Olson.... what can i say about this kid.... i have worked with this kid on numerous occasions and his portrayal of Nick Bottom was unbelieveable. He keeps surprising me with his talents, he is going far. Mark Shaw too! I have never seen a better Puck in my life. I also thoroughly enjoyed the fairies. Their acrobatic skills surprised me and fit well into the show. Props to the director for a sweet vision. The entire show was amazing, and the lights and sounds also were great. Good Job Jennifer! I know its hard. Sweet Midsummer Reality Ya'll! Stay for Bad Eggs aftewards! on friday and saturday nights! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Pure Magic
by Rizzo
Thursday, July 1, 2004
It takes a lot to truly pull off a Shakespearean play, but this youthful cast has certainly accomplished it. The set is beautiful and one of the best I have seen at the Kudzu thus far. Every performer is talented and interesting to watch, as are the costumes, though unusually chosen. Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the best comedies ever written, in my opinion, and this performing of it justifies that opinion entirely. Hilarious, and highly reccommended! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Better than I expected
by Lilypond
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
All I can say is that I was really impressed with the kids who pulled off this production!! I was expecting something dull standard, but the execution was extremely well done. The cast was well chosen and seemed to work wonderfully together. Zach Safford and Kayla Fikis were beautiful as Hermia and Lysander. I really saw the passion during their scenes. And Alex Engquist and Jamie Link made my sides tear from laughing so hard! They really brought something different to their roles! Not to mention the big scene in the woods was incredible!! I laughed so hard I thought I broke some ribs. Max Flick did very well, although he bungled his lines quite a few times he amazed me with his talent; and dedication. From what I understand he had gotten the role recently and had less time to get the lines down so bravo to Max! Jessica Marks was a beautiful Titania. Her elegance was stunning and the depth she gave the Fairy queen was truly astonishing. David Olson, now he is truly a talent. He really got the character of Bottom down to the last little piece of what makes him who he is!! And the play within the play wouldn’t have been the same without David’s performance. And last but certainly not least… Wow! That’s not even a good enough word to summarize the entirety of his portrayal of the devilish Sprite. His agility and creativity with his character really made the show. Maybe a bit of a scene stealer at times… but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Mark Kincaid has directed a beautiful and entertaining piece and I wish them the best of luck in their last week of performances. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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