Jim Carrey is quoted as saying, “If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” That’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that will remind most of us to focus on those elusive thoughts that lift us and carry great personal significance. But what if you never believed that you were special enough to have dreams, nor allowed yourself the space and time to even think about what, above a vague and ordinary existence, might be possible for you?
(front right) Simon Hedger with (back, l to r) Joe Bianco, Amanda De La Guardia and Alys Dickerson. Photo by Emily Schwartz. By Erin Shea Brady In a world where “effortless” is a high compliment, please don’t misunderstand me when I say that the greatest joy in experiencing Haven Theater’s...
Part of what makes Jonathan Berry’s direction stay with you after the show ends is that he allows his actors the space and time to make real discoveries and connections in the moments.
When I was 10 years old, my family went apple picking and not too far from the apple orchards was an area where they reenacted the Civil War. I remember my uncles and I hiking a good distance to get to the area on the battlefield where modern-day civilians could watch without being in harm’s way.
Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM has its very own fairy dust-covered jar in the time capsule of my iconic teenage theatre experiences. I strongly suspect that a similar jar is being dusted and stored in the memory of each middle-schooler with whom I had the privilege to attend Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production on Tuesday morning.
The show doesn’t particularly tug on the heartstrings the way most House Theatre shows tend to do, but it is a great retelling with harmonious live music, beautiful singing and a healthy dose of the House’s inimitable artful style.