Review Roundup: Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly: In the end, there is no mistaking that the star of this production is Taymor herself. And there's a magnificent muchness of her approach to the Bard's most durable of comedies, as she tosses in everything from pillow fights to a grass-upholstered reclining chair to achieve her vision. But remarkably, this Midsummer never tips over into a too-muchness - there is a veneer of restraint at work here, as if she remains heedful of the admonition of the Demetrius-pining Helena: ''Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.'' A-
David Finkle, Huffington Post: By the way, since this Midsummer Night's Dream is a Julie Taymor production, cynical ticket buyers may wonder if any of the actors were injured during the performance I attended. The answer is a blessed no. On the other hand, it's confirmed that someone in the audience was hit by a small piece of falling scenery. Uh-oh, a midsummer night's dread.
Linda Winer, Newsday: Julie Taymor is the real thing. Perhaps that needs to be said again. After years of "Spider-Man" ugliness that smudged the legacy of this visionary director-designer, Taymor answers back with a deliriously beautiful, deeply magical staging of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" that's as human as it is wildly inventive. And yes, oh my, people fly.
Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News: Being a Taymor show, it's no ordinary mask. Casella makes the mouth move with wires to match his lines. It makes for an amusing moment in a fitful "Night."