Opening night is tomorrow, and the reviews have begun splendidly! Do not miss this "charming production" of A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, April 3rd to May 17th. You may purchase your tickets here.
"Jessica Giannone is remarkable as an increasingly flustered Helena."
"From a performance standpoint, there's not a weak link in the chain. The actors playing the four lovers have the most demanding roles, and they excel at every turn."
"My biggest takeaway, upon seeing this production's delightful conclusion, was how much fun it all is. This staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream is one not to miss, creating and leaving in its wake a celebratory feeling perfectly apt for the Bard's birthday."
"Without any sense of silly slapstick or cheap humor, these young actors delighted with their emotion-laden expressions of Shakespeare's quick-witted poetry, delivered by Kuerzi and Giannone's excellent portrayals and clear voices."
"Jessica Giannone gives the lovelorn Helena a hilariously manic intensity in her quest to manhandle Demetrius into returning her love, which makes her showdown with Hermia (Jenna Kuerzi) in III.2 that much funnier: it is not a lack of physical ability or maidenly shyness that prevents her from fighting, but a (completely reasonable) terror of Hermia's berserk mode. But when the two are not fighting over betrayal or short jokes, Giannone and Kuerzi have a warm and natural chemistry that nicely sets their friendship apart from the torrid state of their romantic relationships."
-Play Shakespeare, ★★★★★
"The four Athenian kids addled by love and ancient Greek law (Jenna Keurzi, Jessica Giannone, Josh Kachnycz and Arlen Hancock) bring it all off with admirable oomph."
"Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's current rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream is a good romp, just as it should be."
"Jessica Giannone, Jenna Kuerzi, Arlen Hancock, and Josh Kachnycz excel as the four lovers whose affections are magically altered by Puck, with hilarious results."
"A Midsummer Night's Dream offers up can't miss comedy."
"Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream isn't afraid to embrace the wonderfully silly and naughty aspects of Shakespeare, and the approach works like a charm."