20 W. 7th Pl.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Region: St. Paul (Downtown)
As we insulate ourselves against plummeting temperatures and obsessively scan the skies for signs of snow, it's only natural to lament not taking more time to savor the sun-soaked pleasures of summer. Those in the throes of warm-weather regret may want to get in line now for Park Square Theatre's limited run of A Midsummer Night's Dream. With only three public performances scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, Park Square's staging of Shakespeare's most endearing reverie represents a fleeting farewell to summer. Abounding with mischievous fairies, capricious jests, and the spellbinding intoxication of mystical love potions, A Midsummer Night's Dream resides in an ethereal firmament that spans reality and illusion, but has absolutely no use for distinguishing between the two. This magic-infused setting is familiar ground to director Jeff Hall-Flavin, having overseen Park Square's previous productions of the work in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Like Flavin, the vast majority of the cast and crew are return visitors to the Bard's dreamland, collectively exhibiting a finely tuned sensibility forged from past travels. And just as those onstage and behind the scenes keep coming back to this piece, audiences are likely to include repeat attendees enticed by the captivating prospect of resisting the reality of winter for just a little while longer.
Nov. 23-24, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 24, 2 p.m., 2012