Running Out of Adjectives: A Review of BUA’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

| FROM ACADEMY PRESS | BY JANINA HUANG | JANUARY, 2013 |

Ever since some of my friends were cast back in September, I was extremely excited to see BUA’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint.

Quince (Sunday Hull, ’16), Bottom (Shurik Zavriyev, ’15), Flute (Nix Goldowsky-Dill, ’16), Starveling (Katy Brown, ’15), and Snout (Damian Liu, ’16) were all hilariously true to character, and brought the play within a play to life. The actors were all outstandingly great at acting outstandingly horrid at what they were doing, and their characters’ overly dramatic monologues and their constant breaking out of character did a wonderful job making the tragic story of Pyramus and Thisbe into a comedy.

As for the four lovers, Brian Reidy (’16) played an excellent Demetrius, adding hate and spite to every word his character said to the girl who loved at first unrequitedly, and Susanna Faas-Bush (’14) gave an emotional performance as the girl in question, Helena. Hermia and Lysander, played by Leah Magid (’13) and David Lax (’14) respectively, were equally stunning. Not only were they all extremely good at portraying their characters, but they were also all convincingly good at pretending to fall asleep.

Bennett Vogt (’13) and Katrina Goldowsky-Dill (’14) were both great as well, whether it was as the bickering Oberon and Titania, or as the charming Theseus and Hippolyta. David Kleinman (’16), the mischievous Puck, was also fantastic, bringing a comedic side to his character that made the audience laugh at times, and ending the production beautifully with his last monologue.

The costumes for the fairies were colorful and creative, and Ms. Cellucci’s art class did a spectacular job interpreting the names of the fairies and what they might look like. On their own in the art studio, these costumes awed, and on stage, they shined. No doubt they were my favorite part of the play after the acting.

On paper, Shakespeare’s work may be tedious to read. However, when brought on stage, it is almost as though it is something completely different. The actors were all able to lift their characters off the page and recite their lines with expression and emotion, and the result was a stellar show. I can’t wait to see what else BUA’s Drama Club will bring to the stage next. It will be hard to top a performance such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but I am sure that they will rise to the challenge once again.

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