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How now, spirit? Whither wander you?

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 1:26pm by andersone

Think Oberon is merely a summertime potable? Or that you cannot get any more puck action in Southeastern Michigan since the Wings were devoured by Sharks?

Come to Nichols Arboretum from now through June 27 to see the 10th season of Shakespeare in the Arb to find out otherwise.

Directed by Kate Mendeloff, the play this year is A Midsummer Night's Dream. Confusion, lust, and infatuation are at the core of this play, as Theseus, the great Greek hero and slayer of the minotaur prepares to wed Hippolyta, the conquered Amazonian queen, two pairs of young Greek lovers repeatedly get caught in love triangles, all along dealing with intercessions by the fairy world as Oberon and Titania struggle in their own lover's quarrels, and the mischievous puck, Robin Goodfellow plays havoc.

Though comedic at its heart, A Midsummer Night's Dream deals with the nature of desire and love, all while using bawdy word play and double entendre in Shakespeare's mastery of language and allusion. Particularly delightful is the production of Pyramus and Thisbe (more doomed lovers) by a group of "rude mechanicals."

O wall, full often has thou heard my moans
For parting my fair Pyramus and me
My cherry lips have often kissed thy stones
Thy stones with lime and hair knit up in thee.

Tickets are $10.00 for students and $18.00 for adults.

See The University Record article for further details.

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