Uncategorized | October 20, 2008
The Off Square Theatre Company in Jackson presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1, 8 p.m., plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10 for Oct. 23 previews; $55 for Oct. 24 gala. All all other performances $30 for adults, $20 for students, children and seniors.
Off Square Theatre Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes with a twist. Off Square sets the magical tale of love and marriage in 1958, when Elvis was King, and poodle skirts, black leather jackets, greased-back hair and up-tight adults could be found at every turn.
The language is the Bard’s but the songs are right out of “American Bandstand” – or in our case, “Athenian Bandstand” – with Theseus as Dick Clark. Oberon is the “King” (Elvis, that is), and Titania is Olivia Newton John at the end of “Grease,” tight black leather and all. If you like Shakespeare and old time rock ‘n’ roll, you’ll love this version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a ducktail and biker boots.
Oct. 24 gala includes pre-show dinner, performance and post-show champagne with the cast.