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 theater critic for San Diego CityBeat