History Theatre / AMidsummerNightsDream

8th May '18 9:11:19 AM yakko
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8th May '18 8:12:49 AM yakko
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*WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse did an adaptation of the play for one of their ''Mouse Tales'' segments, staring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Scrooge, Von Drake, and Goofy as Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, Egeus, Theseus and Puck respectively. Apart from some incorporating some cartoon gags here and there and omitting the subplot of Oberon getting revenge on his wife, the short stays rather faithful to the original play.
30th Apr '18 1:31:17 PM AnotherGuy
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In 1993, Creator/BazLuhrmann produced a critically acclaimed opera based on the play, set in colonial India. His version of the fairies' dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBomv_Rs2cg (Now Until the Break of Day)]] was featured in his album "Something For Everybody". Creator/WoodyAllen's version, ''A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy'' was less successful during its release but [[VindicatedByCable gained its own following]].

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In 1993, Creator/BazLuhrmann produced a critically acclaimed opera based on the play, set in colonial India. His version of the fairies' dance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBomv_Rs2cg (Now Until the Break of Day)]] was featured in his album "Something For Everybody". Creator/WoodyAllen's version, ''A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy'' was less successful during its release but [[VindicatedByCable gained its own following]]. Creator/SteveMartin's comedy ''Film/LAStory'' uses the play as a WholePlotReference as well.
26th Mar '18 9:51:20 AM Gravidef
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* HeReallyCanAct: An InUniverse example--some productions, such as the 1999 film, have Flute-as-Thisbe deliver his speech about Pyramus's death in the tomb in a genuinely moving, well-acted style, which contrasts the hilariously amateurish style of the rest of the play-within-a-play.

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* HeReallyCanAct: An InUniverse example--some productions, such as the 1999 film, have Flute-as-Thisbe deliver his speech about Pyramus's death in the tomb in a genuinely moving, well-acted style, manner, which contrasts the hilariously amateurish style of the rest of the play-within-a-play.


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* ManOfAThousandVoices: An InUniverse variation. Bottom firmly believes that he's such an incredible actor that he could easily play ''all'' of the roles in "Pyramus and Thisbe"...problem is, he's barely able to play his own role, let alone any other.


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: An InUniverse example with the Rude Mechanicals' play--they notice that the script calls for Pyramus and Thisbe to meet under the light of the moon. After consulting an almanac, they decide that it's better to have someone play the Moon itself rather than risk any problems.
26th Mar '18 9:47:39 AM Gravidef
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* ExactWords: Oberon specifically instructs Puck to put the love flower's juices on a man in "Athenian garb." Puck does just that...but the problem is there are ''two'' men in "Athenian garb"--Lysander and Demetrius--in the forest that night, and he doesn't know that Oberon meant the latter, not the former. When Oberon tries to take Puck to task for this, the fairy uses this trope to defend himself--he did just what the king ordered him to do, and thus can't be punished.


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* HeReallyCanAct: An InUniverse example--some productions, such as the 1999 film, have Flute-as-Thisbe deliver his speech about Pyramus's death in the tomb in a genuinely moving, well-acted style, which contrasts the hilariously amateurish style of the rest of the play-within-a-play.


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*** Flute was a common name for a church organ, which, in Shakespeare's time, used a bellows to pump air; Francis Flute is a bellows-mender, or repairer of such items.
26th Mar '18 9:31:36 AM Gravidef
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** Robin Goodfellow, or Puck, comes from English folklore. Not even the fairies match

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** Robin Goodfellow, or Puck, comes from English folklore. Not even the fairies matchmatch.


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** Though this could be a case of FridgeBrilliance--Ancient Greek mythology doesn't ''have'' fairies. They're a Celtic/Briton invention! No wonder he's so dismissive of them--he's never heard of them.
12th Jan '18 8:06:15 AM fearlessnikki
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* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds
* ClingyJealousGirl: Helena
* CoupledCouples

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* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds
CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds: Hermia and Lysander end up together, the lovers pardoned. Demetrius and Helena go together too, while Oberon and Titania reconcile.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Helena
Helena follow Demetrius into the woods all the way from Athens because she's that clingy.
* CoupledCouplesCoupledCouples: Hermia and Lysander are the first couple, Demetrius and Helena are the second.



* FinalSpeech: Parodied in the ShowWithinAShow. Bottom takes forever to die as Pyramus, and Hippolyta complains that he's such a bad actor, he doesn't deserve to have his Thisbe take forever to die for him: "I hope she will be brief."
** Can be a subverted parody, in Thisbe's final speech. Some interpretations have Flute actually turning out to be a good actor, dropping his bad falsetto, and using his final monologue to show what could have easily happened to the lovers. This gives Theseus's approval of the play (and his insistence that the epilogue was unnecessary) a very different connotation.
* FisherKing
* TheFool: Puck plays the jester for Oberon, but the real Fool in this play is Bottom, whose accidental witticisms occasionally contain great insight (which goes right over his head).
** Note that in Shakespeare's plays, the fool is often wiser than he appears. Bottom is supposedly a great actor, though he doesn't show it. In some performances, Flute's final monologue becomes dramatic, when Flute finally gets fed up with being mocked and essentially states the (very relevant) message of Pyramus and Thisbe outright. The sudden change of tone is quite powerful, and would not have been possible had Bottom not ensured the rest of the play was hilariously bad. Generally this is portrayed as accidental, but not always.

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* FinalSpeech: Parodied in the ShowWithinAShow. Bottom takes forever to die as Pyramus, and Hippolyta complains that he's such a bad actor, he doesn't deserve to have his Thisbe take forever to die for him: "I hope she will be brief."
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" Can be a subverted parody, in Thisbe's final speech. Some interpretations have Flute actually turning out to be a good actor, dropping his bad falsetto, and using his final monologue to show what could have easily happened to the lovers. This gives Theseus's approval of the play (and his insistence that the epilogue was unnecessary) a very different connotation.
* FisherKing
FisherKing: Disharmony between Oberon and Titania causes disharmony in the land and seasons.
* TheFool: Puck plays the jester for Oberon, but the real Fool in this play is Bottom, whose accidental witticisms occasionally contain great insight (which goes right over his head).
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head). Note that in Shakespeare's plays, the fool is often wiser than he appears. Bottom is supposedly a great actor, though he doesn't show it. In some performances, Flute's final monologue becomes dramatic, when Flute finally gets fed up with being mocked and essentially states the (very relevant) message of Pyramus and Thisbe outright. The sudden change of tone is quite powerful, and would not have been possible had Bottom not ensured the rest of the play was hilariously bad. Generally this is portrayed as accidental, but not always.



* GreatGazoo: Puck
* GreenEyedMonster

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* GreatGazoo: Puck
Puck is one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s, as a magical trickster who causes most of the hilarity.
* GreenEyedMonsterGreenEyedMonster:
** Titania accuses Oberon of being jealous over her love for the changeling boy.
** Helena is also quite jealous of Demetrius's sudden pursuit of Hermia.
* HappilyEverBefore: In Greek mythology the Amazons rescue Hippolyta the day of their wedding, leading to Theseus instead pursue Helen of Troy. The play ends right before any of this goes down.



* IGaveMyWord

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* IGaveMyWordIGaveMyWord: Hermia gives Lysander a monologue essentially saying this when he asks her to come with him.



* LargeHam: Bottom. Also Flute, who idolizes him, and sometimes Quince, in the prologue.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Bottom. Also Flute, who idolizes him, and sometimes Quince, in the prologue.



* LoveMakesYouCrazy

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* LoveMakesYouCrazyLoveMakesYouCrazy: The love spell turns Lysander and Demetrius into violent crazies who are prepared to duel for Helena's hand.



** The name "Titania" is derived from "Diana", the Greek goddess of the moon. And considering how much the moon is mentioned in this play, you get the idea.
** "Helena" means "light" or "torch". "Fair Helena, who more enguilds the night/Than all yon firey oes and eyes of light". Helena is supposed to be fair-haired and tall. This also an ironic wink at Helen of Troy and the many much-sought Helen's based on her.

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** The name "Titania" is derived comes from "Diana", Ovid's ''Metamorphosis'', where he assigns that name to the Greek goddess daughters of the moon. And considering how much the moon is mentioned in this play, you get the idea.
Titans.
** "Helena" means "light" or "torch". "Fair Helena, who more enguilds the night/Than all yon firey oes and eyes of light". Helena is supposed to be fair-haired and tall. This also an ironic wink at Helen of Troy and the many much-sought Helen's Helens based on her.



* PairTheSpares

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* PairTheSparesPairTheSpares: Demetrius and Helena ending up together functions as this. Some productions will subvert this by implying that Demetrius did love Helena and the love juice just reawakened those feelings - turning them into the BetaCouple.



* ParentalMarriageVeto: Egeus

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* ParentalMarriageVeto: EgeusEgeus orders Hermia to marry Demetrius instead of Lysander. It should be noted that Athenian Law dictated that a woman who disobeyed her father's will would be ''executed''.



* PlotParallel

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* PlotParallelPlotParallel: Titania falling under a love spell for Bottom parallels Lysander and Demetrius doing the same for Helena.



* ASimplePlan
* SirensAreMermaids: Oberon's story of the magic flower for the love potion includes a mermaid's beautiful singing, though she calms the sea rather than allures anyone to death.

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* ASimplePlan
ASimplePlan: Lysander and Hermia's elopement seems like it should be simple...
* SirensAreMermaids: Oberon's story of the magic flower for the love potion includes a mermaid's beautiful singing, though she calms the sea rather than allures lures anyone to death.



* StealthPun / HilariousInHindsight : A man whose name is ''Bottom'' gets given the head of an ''ass''. There's some debate over whether "ass" was in common usage at the time, or if the play itself popularized the euphemism, or it evolved later. It's possible that "ass" and "arse" sounded similar in the accent of Shakespeare's day, as well.

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* StealthPun / HilariousInHindsight : StealthPun: A man whose name is ''Bottom'' gets given the head of an ''ass''. There's some debate over whether "ass" was in common usage at the time, or if the play itself popularized the euphemism, or it evolved later. It's possible that "ass" and "arse" sounded similar in the accent of Shakespeare's day, as well.



* StylisticSuck: The ShowWithinAShow.

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* StylisticSuck: The ShowWithinAShow. The SettingUpdate ''Film/GetOverIt'' made it a TotallyRadical musical of the original play.



* UnspokenPlanGuarantee

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* UnspokenPlanGuaranteeUnspokenPlanGuarantee: We know that Hermia and Lysander will try to elope, so of course we know it won't work.



* WeddingsForEveryone
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve

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* WeddingsForEveryone
WeddingsForEveryone: The climax is at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding, where the weddings of Lysander and Hermia and Helena and Demetrius are announced too.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelveWhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: Despite being set in Ancient Greece, Theseus alludes to the fairies coming out when the clock strikes at midnight.


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* AscendedExtra: The changeling boy will often get portrayed on screen, when he's TheGhost in the original play.
26th Dec '17 6:42:58 PM nombretomado
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* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: As noted above, the "Mendelssohn" part, namely the now-traditional wedding recessional music, was originally written by Creator/FelixMendelssohn as part of his incidental music for an 1842 stage production of this play.

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* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: As noted above, the "Mendelssohn" part, namely the now-traditional wedding recessional music, was originally written by Creator/FelixMendelssohn Music/FelixMendelssohn as part of his incidental music for an 1842 stage production of this play.
13th Oct '17 5:51:26 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* AnachronismStew:

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* AnachronismStew:AnachronismStew: As is typical of Shakespeare.



* BalefulPolymorph: Bottom's head turned into that of an ass. Subverted, in that... he never seems to actually notice that anything is different.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Bottom's head turned into that of an ass. Subverted, in that... he never seems to actually notice that anything is different.different (although he does express a craving for hay at one point).



* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Demetrius wants Helena to stop following him because she's in danger of rape going out at night -- and this while he still hates her.

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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Demetrius wants Helena to stop following him because she's in danger of rape going out at night -- and this while he still hates her. (Although his phrasing sort of suggests the danger comes from ''him.'')



* StealthPun / HilariousInHindsight : A man whose name is ''Bottom'' gets given the head of an ''ass''. There's some debate over whether "ass" was in common usage at the time, or if the play itself popularized the euphemism, or it evolved later.

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* StealthPun / HilariousInHindsight : A man whose name is ''Bottom'' gets given the head of an ''ass''. There's some debate over whether "ass" was in common usage at the time, or if the play itself popularized the euphemism, or it evolved later. It's possible that "ass" and "arse" sounded similar in the accent of Shakespeare's day, as well.



** Many productions also horn Puck, most likely to play up his devilishness.

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** Many productions also horn Puck, most likely to play up his devilishness.devilishness (and because Robin Goodfellow is depicted with horns in woodcuts from Shakespeare's time -- he basically resembles a satyr).
19th Sep '17 4:55:56 PM cordychase
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Meanwhile, Oberon, King of the Fairies, has concocted a plan to get revenge on his bickering wife Titania, involving a certain flower whose nectar will, after being dropped into someone's eyes, cause them to fall in love with the first person they see. After eavesdropping on Helena and Demetrius and seeing how he spurns her, Oberon decides to have a bit more fun. He sends his servant Puck to give the potion to "a youth in Athenian garb," traveling in the woods with a woman, in such a set-up so that the first person he sees will be the woman. Oberon then finds Titania while asleep and applies the juice to her eyes.

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Meanwhile, Oberon, King of the Fairies, has concocted a plan to get revenge on his bickering wife Titania, who refuses to give him a changeling boy for a page, involving a certain flower whose nectar will, after being dropped into someone's eyes, cause them to fall in love with the first person they see. After eavesdropping on Helena and Demetrius and seeing how he spurns her, Oberon decides to have a bit more fun.take pity and help her. He sends his servant Puck to give the potion to "a youth in Athenian garb," traveling in the woods with a woman, in such a set-up so that the first person he sees will be the woman. Oberon then finds Titania while asleep and applies the juice to her eyes.
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