A Midsummer Night's Dream
Apollinaire Theatre - Chelsea Theatre Works. July 11-29
If there’s only one thing you do this week, it should be to find time to get to Chelsea’s PORT Park to catch Apollinaire Theatre Company’s practically perfect (and free) production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It isn’t only that this outdoor production takes full and inventive advantage of Chelsea’s unique waterfront landscape, but it also features a deliriously funny ensemble of actors who—under the thrilling direction of Danielle Fauteux Jacques—quite literally make magic under the summer stars. ... I love everything about this production, and that includes its first-rate cast. John Vellante, John Manning, Kelly Young, and Olivia Z. Cote have blissful comedic camaraderie, as do Brooks Reeves, Joey C. Pelletier, and the band of laborers. ... there is no better way to spend a summer evening right now than with Apollinaire in Chelsea. This Midsummer is transportive, serene, and one of the best productions of 2018. It is two hours of nonstop joy I would wish on anyone.
Christopher Ehlers, DigBoston
It’s a production that seems to be generating its own gravitational force. You’re sucked into its orbit so slowly that it’s not until the end that you discover you’ve been completely enveloped. I happened to catch it on what was perhaps the most perfect summer evening to be outside in the park but the production is so over brimming with charisma, humor and fun that I’m confident I would have been just as enchanted by it had I caught the play in the middle of a hurricane.
James Wilkinson, Rabbit Reviews Boston