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Fringe Review: Shit-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There are many ways to make a Shakespeare play a little different, getting one of the cast drunk before hand is a little out there. So many things could go wrong, but they don’t!

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Reviewed at Gluttony on 24 February 2019

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There are many ways to make a Shakespeare play a little different, getting one of the cast drunk before hand is a little out there. So many things could go wrong, but they don’t! The audience is encouraged to participate and suggest further drinks if the character is not drunk enough. Someone is also asked to stand ready with the bucket, just in case.

 The six actors (unfortunately I could not source their names), played an abbreviated version of Midsummer Night’s Dream containing the main characters of Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius, with of course the mischievous Puck all controlled by a Master of Ceremonies. They start off well, mainly sticking to the script but the lines from Demitrius quickly become garbled and not quite what the bard wrote.

 When Puck uses the potion on the men’s eyes they attempt to stay on script but a brawl kills Lysander (not really). The MC has it all under control and Puck brings us back on script with the final poem. All in all a fun romp with an old favourite given a boost. Lots of laughs and some Shakespeare, worth a visit.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue: The May Wirth at Gluttony
Season:  24 Feb – 17 Mar
Duration:  60 min
Tickets:  $28-$33

 

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