A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Stacy Keach, Simon Helberg

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580819282
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
Publication date: 12/28/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Grace Ioppolo is the founder and director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project and is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, England. She is the author of Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Heywood: Authorship, Authority, and the Playhouse (2006) and Revising Shakespeare (1991). She has edited Shakespeare’s King Lear for Norton and has published widely on textual transmission, the history of the book and literary and historical manuscripts, most recently as the co-editor of Elizabeth I and the Culture of Writing (2007). She is the General Editor of The Collected Works of Thomas Heywood, forthcoming 2012–15.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 297 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean, if you like Shakespeare's comedies then there is no doubt you will enjoy MSND. The characters and constant malapropisms make it funny so you may have to work your way into the style of the play before the jokes are blatant ( and even then it can be hard to tell; humoor changes with generations and time). Shakespeare is a very wordy author yet there is a wa to tell that the plays were- and are- quality. In the centuries when The Globe was renouned in England the play-goers were a tough crowd; the story had to be understandable AND entertaining. The audience was not always educated so Shakespeare and to make enough stage direction, action and subtext for the story to come through. We see that much of the monolougues and conversations could be summed up into a few sentences, yet often the entertainment and humor is provided by these sylolliques.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book can be counted as a wonderfully helpful study companion to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but where it really shines is in giving me access to masterful language that needs updating for our modern ears.  I love seeing Shakespeare performed, and this book gives each section a freshness in translation, a royal British historical context delivered by an author who avoids dry textbook languages like a 16th Century plague, and makes the intended humor instantly recognizable.  As a study guide, it’s perfect.  As a way to truly delight in Shakespeare, this is what I want to read just before watching a film adaptation or heading to the theatre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definetly worth reading. It is a true masterpiece! Also, quick sidenote to all of those who are complaining that this book was written in Old English- it wasn't. It wasn't even written in Middle English. This was written in MODERN ENGLISH!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting was horrible. The text looks likes one big block-- no separation even between speakers. Unreadable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read because of typos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Shakespeare Play.
ErosLover More than 1 year ago
One of my faves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really good. And could u guys stop with the rps? Some people are acctully reviewing
Shatter More than 1 year ago
Shatter Got on mah computer to post this, read my post at 'Erin Hunter' res 1 plz!  She yawned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading Shakespeare and understanding him are two different things for me. I’m not sure about anyone else, but I need a translator when trying to wade through all of his Old English. This guide is a Godsend! I finally feel like I’m able to both enjoy and understand the writing of one of the greatest poets and playwrights to ever exist. You don’t really realize how helpful the modern day translation really is, until you pick up this guide. It’s an “Aha!” moment stuffed in between a front and back cover. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want an “A” on that next paper? This book will certainly help because Shakespeare is finally clear, just like the title of Garamond Press’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream shakespeare made clear touts. This book makes it easy. Each Act begins with a summary and each Elizabethan line is followed by a word-for-word explanation. Literary devices, meter, historical references, imagery, poetic style—all of these are explained in very simple ways that make Shakespeare’s words vivid and funny and sad and mischievous and romantic all at once. Isn’t that what dreams are made of?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's okay, but anomonous on may 20 is kinda right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would suggest getting a book like this that was not digitalized by google. It was hard too read and somewhat unenjoyable
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Awrsome i love shakespeare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are any of you 700 interested in drama?
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"Why would vyoubact like you want to be then Sunny?" She muttered.
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Crawls in and bumbs into Deathclaw. He giggles and scents him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Headphone - By Britt Nichole <p> Skip to the chorus. Sorry forgot the other. <p> Anytime your feelin' low, put one your headphones, cuz Love- love's comin through your headphones, Lo-o-ooooovee is comin through your headphones. So keep ur head up high, and dust off ya shouldehs, its alright, NO ITS NOT OVEH! ~ Amber
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sabine, a cream-colored she cat with a white underbelly and paws and light green eyes stumbled into the camp. &quot;Um- oops! I didn't mean to intrude, I was just exploring...&quot;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yuck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outtie