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I don’t remember Shakespeare ever making so much sense as it did at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival’s rendition of a Midsummer Night’s Dream…
A romantic comedy
July 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
August 1, 2, 2015
In the play, two cousins, raised as sisters, prove the power of their love for each other by running away from an oppressive father and regime. In a forest made magical by love, passions are ignited as the rules of society are softened to fit the natural world. As the artifice of society is worn away, that which is truly important becomes clear, and each character finds their own path to happiness: the fathers, the lovers, and even the clowns. Yes, there will be clowns!
A comedic romance
Adapted by Jon Jory
July 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2015
Sense and Sensibility still “holds the mirror up to nature” as women and men relegated to rigid societal roles struggle to balance propriety with desire. Perhaps because the story is set in a time and place where society’s rules are so clear-cut, it is easier to appreciate the predicaments we still find ourselves in today. Two sisters express their passion in wildly divergent ways, while miscommunications fueled by gossip threaten their happiness.
Gwen Loeb and Amy Billroth-MacLurg, 2014.
Costumes by Jonathan Singer.
Photo by Gregg Le Blanc, CumulusLight.com.