A Midsummer Night’s Dream Critique
On Thursday October 18, 2012, I attended the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream written by William Shakespeare, a classical comedy. The play was held from 7:00-9:00 P.M. in the Clear Lake High School Ninth Grade Center, performed by the Clear Lake High School Theatre Department. The play was directed by Megan Owens.
The storyline of the play was fascinating, full of twists and turns in a winding, exhilarating plot. The play opens with Theseus, the Duke of Athens with his wife, Hippolyta. They are speaking with Egeus, the mother of Hermia, a maiden about to get married. Egeus wants Hermia to get married to Demetrius, but Hermia wants to get married to a man of lesser qualifications but more love named Lysander. Hermia threatens to use the law of Athens against her daughter, so Hermia and Lysander plan to run away from Athens and then get married. On another note, Peter Quince is casting a play to perform in front of the Duke of Athens on a certain date. He casts himself as the prologue, Nick Bottom as Pyramus, Francis Flute as Thisbe, Robin Starveling as Moonshine, Tom Snout as Wall, and Snug as a lion. Also, Oberon, the king of fairies, is mad at his mistress, Titania because she wants to adopt a boy from another land and will not let him go, so he tells his servant, Puck to go and sprinkle a potion on her eyelids that will make her fall in love with the next thing she sees, which Oberon hopes is a monster. Unfortunately, when Lysander and Hermia plan to escape, Hermia and Lysander decide to sleep on the same bank as Titania is on. Although Oberon puts the potion on Titania, Puck accidentally puts it on Lysander. The next thing that Lysander sees is Helena, Hermia’s best friend who was in love with Demetrius so she told him about Lysander’s plans to run away with Hermia so she could chase after Demetrius (who hates Helena) chasing after Lysander and Hermia, so Lysander falls in love with Helena and Demetrius also falls...
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