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Performance Review of A Midsummer Night's Dream

This movie production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream was produced and directed by Kevin Kline in 1999?. As far as play to movie adaptations go this one was successful in the fact that it didn't lose much in translation. Though it did cut out some of Shakespeare's words it refrained from rearranging too much of the scene order and thus succeeded in not detracting from the true spirit of his play. The themes and symbolism manage to remain intact throughout the entirety of the play. Also, though this version of the play was set in the early nineteenth century as opposed to ancient Athenian times, none of the meanings and circumstances seem out of place or irrelevant. Though the theme of lovers running away to be together is as timeless as they come. The lovers are running away in stifling dresses and pants and vest as opposed to togas and robes, yet they are still just trying to escape the controlling father that would keep them apart.

As you watch the scenes unfold on the screen you would be hard pressed to point out anything that was missing. Though the director did cut a few things from the words of the play it is not anything substantial enough to notice and all of the speeches that were taken from manage to retain their meaning and context in the rest of the scene. As far as any rearrangements in the scene order, there is only one tiny one in the beginning of the play that manages to escape affecting the play at all. All in all any changes that were made to the play were minuscule and probably mostly for length reasons. Otherwise there is nothing that would make this movie version of the play unrecognizable as Shakespeare's work.

When reading Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, I imagined it to take place in ancient Greece during the time of the Gods. The names and settings, along



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