A Midsummernight's Dream vs Medea

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Cody Chalmers
Analysis and Criticism
Don Hooper
2/13/12
A Midsummer Night’s Dream vs. Medea
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Medea” are both good plays, but “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” appeals to a wider audience. There is a reason that it is the most produced play in the world. It appeals to a wide audience because of its Comedic moments and due to the fact that there are many ways to produce Shakespeare so no to performances are the same.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has lots of options for directors on how they can produce the show. Options range from the traditional minimal set to wires and cables to make the fairies fly. This is a good option for a director because if the fairies fly or float it establishes that they are above the humans and more powerful than them. Another way convey this would be to have the fairies ride some sort of exotic animals like white tigers or polar bears, but due to the uncertainty that and liability that comes with wild animals due to animal attacks having the fairies fly is probably a better option.

Costuming is also something that changes widely throughout different performances of Shakespeare. The costumes can be modernized, or the actors can wear the traditional pumpkin pants. One example is the lion in the mechanicals’ play. The lion should look nothing like a lion. This makes it funnier when they make the announcement that it is not a real lion. One option is that the lion look almost like how a small child would dress if he wanted to look like a lion. It could have a mop on its head with whiskers drawn on its face and a yellow sweat suit. The fairies could also have some interesting options for costuming. They could be traditional fairies with wings and crowns, but another way to costume them would be to have them dressed in trench coats and hats to make it seem like they are trying to hide among the humans.

Another reason “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” would be the better play to produce is that...
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