Shakespeare still packs 'em in. There wasn't a vacant seat in sight at the opening of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at South Coast Repertory — and after word gets out, there'll likely be few throughout the run.
The Bard's most visually attractive, not to mention most accessible, comedy is — like other plays in the Shakespearean canon — open to conceptual interpretation. And director Mark Rucker puts his stamp of scintillating showmanship on the SCR production.
At South Coast, there's a futuristic feel to this Elizabethan frolic as Cameron Anderson's awe-inspiring setting illustrates. The Athenian court and the wooded domain of the mischievous fairies are strikingly larger than life, the latter a magnificent playground for the sprites who inject themselves into the travails of four young lovers.
Rucker's company thrives on the punchline to transform this classical comedy into an all-stops-out farcical romp as all four romantics are depantsed by the gleeful fairies and spend most of their woodsy sojourn scampering in their scantiest.