Reduxion Theatre Company’s first production at their new home on Broadway in Oklahoma City proves to indeed be a dream presentation of the Shakespeare favorite, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Playing in their refreshing little theatre, dubbed “The Broadway Theatre” by the company, “Dream” is like a night at Disneyland, fun, frolic, silliness and a show that, quite frankly, you don’t want to end. You may see a video preview HERE.
Directed by RTC’s Managing Director Erin Woods, the frolic through a night of dreams and enchantment is well paced thanks to fun costumes, energetic actors and staging that never lets a small space (55-seats) become out of reach. Tyler Woods, as expected, raised the bar, or should we say “swing”, high as Theseus/Oberon, and hs fellow actors raised their game to match the Shakespearean veteran. Holly McNatt as Hippolyta/Titania made a luscious counterpart.
Weaving the story with magic and Robin Williams-like energy (joyously so) was the golden voiced Cristela Canizales (Philostrate/Robin Goodfellow/Puck). The young lovers grew into their hearts as the show blossomed, with Lindsey Ruta’s voracious Helena an emotional rainbow, while Claudia Fain tortured the men as Hermia, their characters never losing virtue and capacity for love. Samuel Bearer as naive Nick Bottom was perfectly playful (ee-aw!) and local Shakespearian veteran Ian Clinton brought a broad strength and humor to Frances Flute/Mustardseed. Charlie Monnot (Egeus/Robin Starveling/Moth), Kyle Gossett (Lysander), Kaleb M. Bruza (Demetrius), Elizabeth Ann Brooks (Quince/Cobweb), Keri Rene’ Fuller (Snout) and Mariah Webb (Snug/Peaseblossom) round out a cast of merriment of top theatrical variety.
With live music, and excellent costuming under the direction of visiting Costume Designer Lloyd Cracknell, the only tragedy to this show is that you must get your tickets now – as the house will surely sell out their remaining shows. Performances run Thursday-Saturdays at The Broadway Theatre through February 26th.
Fear not, though, as a number of free performances will follow later this spring through Reduxion’s offerings at select Metro Library locations.
For information, you may visit Reduxion Theatre’s web-site.