This fall semester, the Theatre Arts Guild at Georgia Perimeter College performed William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” They put an interesting contemporary twist to it by setting the scene around the 1970s instead of the original Ancient Greece era.
The Cole Auditorium stage at the Clarkston campus was filled with dangling umbrellas and dim-lighting, prepared for this Shakespearean original.
For those who haven’t read or seen any performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” it’s a comedic play that has three interconnecting plots but mainly all ends up with the characters Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, the Amazon queen getting married.
There are also characters Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena.
First, Helena was engaged to Demetrius, but he broke it off because he grew feelings for Hermia.
However, her emotions aren’t mutual due to the fact that she is actually in love with Lysander.
Hermia and Lysander’s love can’t be expanded, because Hermia’s father, Egeus insists on her marrying Demetrius.
Egeus tells his daughter that she has to marry Demetrius, or else die as the consequence.
Hermia and Lysander plan to run away into the forest to elope.
She tells her friend Helena about her plan, but Helena snitches and tells Demetrius in hopes that he’ll get close to her again. At the end of the play, one of the characters tries to convince the audience that it had all been a dream, which is why the play is titled, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
To be completely honest, the actors and actresses themselves were phenomenal. They knew their lines and did not once break character.
I was actually amazed as to how great they were.
To name a few, the student who played Hermia, Liza Monge, is a sophomore at GPC and this was actually her first time performing with TAG. She was exactly how I’d hope the character Hermia would be.
Ever Devereux, a theatre and psychology major, had an amazing way of showing her comedic talent playing Puck.
On the other hand, I have to admit that if someone was coming in to see the show and has no prior information of this Shakespearean play, I can safely say it would be hard for them to understand what exactly the storyline is.
Some scenes felt rushed and not as well thought-out as they could’ve been.
Overall, it was funny, as it was intended to be a comedy, with a handful of parts that made the audience laugh.