Just got around to seeing Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Musical. It’s a refreshing take on The Bard’s whimsical comedy, with actors belting out ‘50s and ‘60s pop songs in between the iambic pentameter. Kevin Hafso-Koppman is a superb Puck, and David McBean and Jacquelyn Ritz (as Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta) duet with feeling and verve, as on the Turtles’ “Happy Together.” Phil Johnson (as Bottom) fronts the play’s hapless amateur-acting troupe, conceived here as a doo-wop outfit.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Musical may be the most unusual show you see this summer. It could be the most memorable, too.
David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.