History Theatre / AMidsummerNightsDream

19th Jun '16 4:00:43 PM jamespolk
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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.
7th Jun '16 7:01:54 PM MercutioDreams
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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, who were required to be chaste.)

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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, Artemis, who were required to be chaste.)
1st Jun '16 5:33:51 PM Dark
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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. best.

BBC One did a TV movie production for the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death, adapted and directed by Creator/RussellTDavies. This version was set in modern times and had several adaptational changes, such as turning Theseus into a villainous fascist conqueror, having Demetrius see Lysander following his love flower exposure, and giving Titania and Hippolyta their own love subplot.

The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.
7th Mar '16 8:20:43 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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**** IronicName: In the 1935 film, he is played by the chubby, jovial-looking [[Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs Otis Harlan]].
7th Mar '16 7:48:14 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.
6th Jan '16 9:16:46 PM spirasen
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** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s version, it looks less like antlers and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.

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** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s 1930's version, it looks less like antlers antlers, and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.



* IHaveNoSon: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear that he would never forgive Hermia for going against his wishes and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania who'll obey his every command isn't the proud and fiery Queen he fell in love with.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals after his adventure with the fairies.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it.

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* IHaveNoSon: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear clear, that he would never forgive Hermia Hermia, for going against his wishes wishes, and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants disenchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania Titania, who'll obey his every command isn't the proud proud, and fiery Queen he fell in love with.
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* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals Mechanicals, after his adventure with the fairies.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus Oberon / Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Titania / Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages marriages, and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play play, and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it. it.
18th Nov '15 8:57:43 PM PaulA
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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although, if you see CrystalDragonJesus below, Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, who were required to be chaste.)

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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although, if you see CrystalDragonJesus below, (Although Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, who were required to be chaste.)



* DoubleEntendre: See entry for BestHerToBedHer. Also pretty much every line in the play. The mechanicals are particularly bad about this, but unlike with Theseus, it's (probably) unintentional.

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* DoubleEntendre: See entry for BestHerToBedHer. "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword." Also pretty much every line in the play. The mechanicals are particularly bad about this, but unlike with Theseus, it's (probably) unintentional.



* MediumAwareness: See BreakingTheFourthWall and MST3KMantra above and below--at the end of the play Puck addresses the audience.
18th Nov '15 8:51:35 PM PaulA
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!This play includes examples of:

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* AndYouWereThere: In many productions, the actors playing Theseus and Hippolyta also play Oberon and Titania. Theseus' servant Philostrate is usually Puck as well. Some productions even go the whole nine yards and double Flute, Snug, Snout and Starveling as Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed (in no particular order).



* ArbitrarySkepticism: Theseus -- slayer of the Minotaur, kinsman of Hercules, husband of the Amazon Queen -- doesn't believe in fairies, apparently. In productions where Theseus is Oberon, this is Theseus being intentionally ironic.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Theseus -- slayer of the Minotaur, kinsman of Hercules, husband of the Amazon Queen -- doesn't believe in fairies, apparently. In productions where Theseus is Oberon, this is Theseus being intentionally ironic.



** One production even went so far as to have them on stage without costumes and ineptly reading from a copy of the script for all of their scenes.



* TheChessmaster: Oberon.

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* TheChessmaster: Oberon. TheChessmaster:
** Oberon.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: In some productions, one, some, most, or all of the fairies are played like this, Puck in particular.



* DoorClosesEnding: The 1935 film ends with Puck closing a door at Theseus's palace after giving his BreakingTheFourthWall closing speech.



* HornedHumanoid:
** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s version, it looks less like antlers and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.
** Many productions also horn Puck, most likely to play up his devilishness.



* [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Daughter]]: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear that he would never forgive Hermia for going against his wishes and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania who'll obey his every command isn't the proud and fiery Queen he fell in love with.



** Some modern interpretations, particularly those in which Oberon and Titania are Theseus and Hippolyta, reconcile this by acting as if the whole exchange was essentially a game (at Bottom's expense, with Hippolyta only acting fooled) to pass the time until the wedding.



* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals after his adventure with the fairies.



* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it.


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!!Productions and adaptations add examples of:

* AndYouWereThere: In many productions, the actors playing Theseus and Hippolyta also play Oberon and Titania. Theseus' servant Philostrate is usually Puck as well. Some productions even go the whole nine yards and double Flute, Snug, Snout and Starveling as Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed (in no particular order).
* DoesNotLikeShoes: In some productions, one, some, most, or all of the fairies are played like this, Puck in particular.
* DoorClosesEnding: The 1935 film ends with Puck closing a door at Theseus's palace after giving his BreakingTheFourthWall closing speech.
* HornedHumanoid:
** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s version, it looks less like antlers and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.
** Many productions also horn Puck, most likely to play up his devilishness.
* IHaveNoSon: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear that he would never forgive Hermia for going against his wishes and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania who'll obey his every command isn't the proud and fiery Queen he fell in love with.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals after his adventure with the fairies.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it.
18th Nov '15 8:49:44 PM PaulA
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whatever happened to the Indian boy that Titania was so attached to that started this whole mess? Supposedly, he was given over to Oberon when he confronted her about being in love with a donkey-headed Bottom.
** In the 1935 film the boy wanders off dejected after Titania's attention has switched to Bottom, whereupon Oberon scoops him up.
18th Nov '15 8:31:36 PM PaulA
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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, most recently a 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy: despite a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, MichellePfeiffer, ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, it met with mixed reviews at best. There's also a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

FelixMendelssohn wrote incidental music for the play, including setting the fairies' song to music. And the [[LohengrinAndMendelssohn Wedding March]].

In 1993, Baz Luhrmann (known for ''MoulinRouge'' and ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'') 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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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, most recently a 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy: despite a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, MichellePfeiffer, ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, it met with mixed reviews at best. There's also including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

FelixMendelssohn Music/FelixMendelssohn wrote incidental music for the play, including setting the fairies' song to music. And the [[LohengrinAndMendelssohn Wedding March]].

In 1993, Baz Luhrmann (known for ''MoulinRouge'' and ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'') 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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