The Theater: Old Play in Manhattan, Oct. 4, 1954

A Midsummer Night's Dream (by William Shakespeare) remains, even for the world's most famed producers of Shakespeare, something of a problem child. The Old Vic's version is neither Shakespearean in essence nor artistic as a whole. But on its own terms there is something to be said for a good deal of it—to be said, at moments, with even such words as "lovely" and "fairylike."

Coleridge spoke of A Midsummer Night's Dream as "the lyrical dramatized," but its glories persist in being a great deal more lyrical than dramatic. Hence this is A Midsummer...

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