Repercussion Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Repercussion Theatre have pulled out all the stops for their 25th anniversary, offering up a jaw-dropping production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this year’s edition of Shakespeare in the Park.
Possibly Shakespeare’s most well-known play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a rich tale in which complex worlds and their inhabitants collide, juxtaposing realistic love stories full of pride, prejudice and politics with wondrous fairy tale lands. Repercussion Theatre have done justice to this enchanting spectacle with an epic set – huge and looming, almost ominous at first glance, but dazzling when all lit up and converted into a fairy’s haven – fierce costumes, and an amazingly talented cast. Quincy Armorer and Julie Tamiko Manning display an incredible dynamic as Theseus/Oberon and Hippolyta/Titania, respectively. They serve as strong anchors in every scene, surrounded at any given time by far sillier and more excitable characters. Daniel Brochu is captivating as a devilishly mischievous Puck, and the entire group of amateur actors preparing a play for Theseus’ wedding (Danielle Desormeaux, Alain Goulem, Trevor Barrette and Cat Lemieux) shine in their role as comedic relief. Barrette is especially hysterical as a falsetto Flute. Of the four young friends forever falling in and out of love with each other thanks to Puck’s meddling (not to mention a few love potions), Aris Tyros’ eloquent performance stood out the most for me. Equal parts romantic, fantastical and funny, this show is nothing short of magical.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is touring parks around Montreal until August 4. Check out the tour dates here, then head over to your nearest park and let yourself be taken away on an unforgettable journey.