William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is set in a magical forest, so it’s appropriate that Company Carolina staged its production of the play among the trees of Polk Place.
The show keeps the audience engaged with innovative outdoor staging and energetic acting, but the acting lacks believability at times.
The actors draw the audience into the dreamy depths of the forest for the inaugural play of the company’s Shakespeare on the Quad series, which the company hopes to make an annual event.
Title: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Artist: Company Carolina
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Arts verdict: 3 of 5 stars
a midsummer night’s dream
Time: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
Location: Polk Place
The company takes a lighthearted approach to the whimsical classic, in which a ragtag group of amateur actors and four Athenian lovers find themselves in a feud between the king and queen of the fairies.
At times during Saturday’s performance, the actors had to compete for attention with the various distractions of the sunny spring day, but the actors project their lines with energy.