Theater & Performing Arts

Midsummer/4

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 24 2008

In the last couple of years there have been few if any Shakespeare plays performed more often than A Midsummer Night's Dream.There's something about the full-on escapist fantasy of his romantic comedy full of faeries, love potions, bestiality, and amateur thespians that people seem to hunger for in these depressed times -- or theater companies, anyway. Now Berkeley's Central Works takes it on, but only as source material for its latest collaboratively devised play written by Gary Graves, Midsummer/4, billed as "a new comedy about love drawn from an old comedy about love." Jan Zvaifler directs the foursome of Arwen Anderson, Armond E. Dorsey, LeontyneMbele-Mbong, and John Patrick Moore as crisscrossed lovers. July 26 through August 24 at the BerkeleyCity Club (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley). CentralWorks.org or 510-558-1381


Sam Hurwitt

Price: $14-$25

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