Readers like 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Posted: Friday, December 24, 2004

Readers have written the Empire in the last week to rave about Perseverance Theatre's version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The following is a sample of the letters we have received:

Don't miss it

My wife, my home-from-college daughter and I had the great pleasure of seeing Perseverance Theatre's performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Thursday night. I want the public to know that the theater has done another great job with one of the classics. Five Juneau kids join many of the best actors we have seen over the years for this show, directed by the new artistic director PJ Paparelli. This show is hilarious, with pratfalls, innocent naughtiness and impressive stagecraft. Take it as lightheartedly or as profoundly as you like, but do go to see this fine piece. It's worth fitting into even the busiest holiday calendar.

Eric Olsen, MD


Lovely production

Looking for a good time? Go see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Perseverance Theatre. Directed by Perseverance's new artistic director PJ Paparelli, the show has a simple but dynamic design, a clever interpretation of one of the Bard's comedies, and is a marvel of spirited performances. I was transported to fairyland and made to laugh and laugh. The loveliness of the fairies is delightful and so are the ridiculously earnest efforts of Bottom and his actor friends to produce a play. The hilarity of the madcap love story of Lysander, Hermea, Demetrius and Helena, as well as the doting love of Titania for a donkey is a pleasing, happy light in these dark and wet Juneau winter nights.

Tina Pasteris


• "A Midsummer Night's Dream," written by William Shakespeare, presented by Perseverance Theatre, plays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 29 and Jan. 12; 7 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 30, Jan. 6 and 13; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14; 8 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 1, 8 and 15; 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9; and closes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Pay-as-you-can on Dec. 29 and 30. Call 463-TIXS or visit

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