A 'Dream' Perfectly Suited for the Outdoors
By Michael Sommers
The New York Times
Do you recall the first Shakespeare play you ever saw? Mine was King Lear, which was mighty grim for a 9-year-old. I remember thinking, even as Morris Carnovsky’s Lear raged away upon the heath, “Boy, these storm scenes are awfully long.”
The youngsters who see the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are likely to have a happier — and certainly quicker — time. Not only is the comedy itself easy to enjoy, but this loose-jointed version of it staged by Cameron Watson is trimmed to an intermission-free 90 minutes. Read more.
A Midsummer Night's Dream review: Besotted lovers, fairies, shape-changers -- no, not 'True Blood,' it's Shakespeare!
By Peter Filichia
The Star Ledger
Moms or dads who want to acquaint their kids with Shakespeare would be well advised to get to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's outdoor stage in Morristown. An ideal Bard 101 production is taking place there. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the easiest-to-understand of the Bard's plays — even for the most severe of Shakespearephobes. Add to that the ramshackle comedy of the "rude mechanicals" featured in the play-within-the-play, and you have enough to amuse the tweens. Read more.
No matter how many times you may have seen this play,
you will find Shakespeare Theatre’s production fresh and engaging
By Bob Brown
The Princeton Packet
This production is a “family-friendly” 90-minute version with no intermission, thus engaging younger viewers who may otherwise associate Shakespeare with dry tedium in the classroom. Dry and tedious the show is decidedly not. No matter how many times you may have seen this play, I guarantee you will find this production fresh and engaging. There is more wit and laughter here than in any number of recent Broadway offerings.Read more.
It Really is A Midsummer Night's Dream on Shakespeare Theatre's Outdoor Stage
By Bob Rendell
As it did four years ago, the Shakespeare Theatre has struck gold with a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for its annual "Outdoor Stage" production of the Shakespeare Theatre at the amphitheatre on the grounds of the College of St. Elizabeth at Convent Station in Morristown. When word gets out that the play is back in such fine fettle, I expect that grateful and appreciate New Jersey families will be flocking in droves to see the thoroughly entertaining, artistically satisfying, family friendly, eminently accessible one hour and forty minute (there is no intermission) production of the never more magical A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is difficult to conceive of a Shakespeare production which could bring more delight both to adults and children from as young as five or six years of age. Read more.
A CurtainUp Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream
By Simon Saltzman
Let the purists once again look askance and take umbrage at the liberties taken with the full text and the more traditional texture of A Midsummer Night's Dream now being presented by Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in the intimately scaled Greek amphitheater on the campus of St. Elizabeth College. I'm more inclined to consider the reaction of my five-year old neighbor Catherine who remarked at the end, "That was amazing." Read more.
REVIEW: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' delivers a stunning summer evening
By STUART DUNCAN
New Jersey Newsroom
We've learned what we are going to get at the outdoor stage of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. We are going to see one of Shakespeare's comedies, honed to a fast-paced 90 minutes, characters whipping up and down stone aisles, popping up all over a colorful set and racing full tilt at entrances and exits.
We will be able to hear, and understand, every word in the replica of the ancient Greek theatre, nestled into the hillside of the bucolic campus of The College of St. Elizabeth – partly from the sheer talent of the professional company; partly from the acoustical magic of the space itself. Read more.
O Those “Midsummer” Nights
By Sherri Rase
Q On Stage
One of the signs that it’s well and truly summer is the emergence of fireflies. Their glow is one of the first signs of magic children know. It’s fitting that in the gloaming of a balmy summer evening, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Outdoor production of the Bard’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” begins with a small boy, enjoying the swing on the sylvan set of the show. In his hands, a jar of fireflies and a sprinkling of the sparkling magic that has happened each year for the past 10 in the Greek Theatre, on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth’s, in Madison. Well and truly, summer magic. Read more.
Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ
By Rick Busciglio
For a fun-filled evening under the stars look no further than The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's delightful production of what may bethe world's most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. This isthe 10th Anniversary of its Outdoor Stage...the annual summer tradition of family theatre "under-the-stars." The venue is the intimate Greek amphitheatre on the beautiful pastoral campus of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township,New Jersey. Read more.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Opens Summer with a Luscious Wink
By Bruce Chadwick
The History News Network
Somewhere towards the middle of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened the outdoor season of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey on Saturday, stage hands illuminated all of the trees that surrounded the Greek amphitheater that is nestled into a hillside. The audience could see the stage, the real forest and the stars overhead, turning the setting into the very realistic magical forest from the play. Read more.