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ED2012 Theatre Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) (Edinburgh International Festival / Chekhov International Theatre Festival)

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Focusing solely on the mechanicals’ performance of ‘Pyramus And Thisbe’, Dmitry Krymov’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is visually stunning, at times hilarious, and far, far too long. Each set piece is impressive, but Krymov seems to feel that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing again. And again. And again. The giant puppets are impressive the first time but not the fifth time; the Muppet Show style “audience” heckles are funny but each gag is flogged to death and beyond and, in a final act of self-indulgence, even the curtain call goes on for twice as long as it should have. Beautiful and inventive, but there’s only 30 minutes worth of show here, stretched to an hour and a half.

King’s Theatre, 24-26 Aug, times vary.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Bell]

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