A Midsummer Night's Dream Book By William Shakespeare (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1595 or 1596. The play takes place in Athens and consists of several subplots that revolve around the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers. Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play they will perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate humans and engage in their own domestic intrigues. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular and is widely performed.

Summary

The play consists of four interconnected plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus of Athens and the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta, which take place simultaneously in the forest and in the kingdom of Fairyland, under the moonlight.

A Midsummer Night's Dream has been produced many times in New York, including several New York Shakespeare Festival performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and a Theater for a New Audience production produced by Joseph Papp at the Public Theater. In 1978, the Riverside Shakespeare Company staged an outdoor production starring Eric Hoffmann as Puck, with Karen Hurley as Titania and Eric Conger as Oberon, directed by company founder Gloria Skurski.

Review

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons start to get complicated early on: Demetrius and Lysander love Hermia, but she only has eyes for Lysander. The bad news is that Hermia's father wants Demetrius as his son-in-law. Outside is Helena, whose unrequited love burns for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee the city under the cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is chased by Helena enraptured). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the fairies) are arguing over a servant.

The plot gets twisted when Oberon's head, Puck, gets loose with a flower, causing people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking up. He adds in a group of workers preparing a play for the duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head by Puck and Titania as a lover) and the complications turn fantastically hilarious.

About The Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright who is considered one of the greatest writers to ever use the English language. He is also the most famous playwright in the world, with his plays being translated in over 50 languages and performed across the globe for audiences of all ages. Known colloquially as "The Bard" or "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare was also an actor and the creator of the Globe Theatre, a historical theatre, and company that is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

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