The members of EclecticPond Theatre almost managed to transform a lackluster room into an enchanting Athenian forest for A Midsummer Night's Dream. But while costuming and scenic choices cohesively serve the story, luscious gowns look askew against a simple painted flat with garish green curtains.
As Demetrius and Helena, Thomas Cardwell and Meagan Matlock are comically in-sync pushing Shakespeare's poetry to its silliest limits. Yet the twosome's double, Hermia (Ashley Chase) and Lysander (Ryan Powell), fail to reach the comedic depths of their counterparts, offering banal interpretations instead.
As Bottom, Shawn Evans pushes for every laugh. His partners on stage, double-cast as players and fairies, turn small parts into large moments enhancing the hilarity of this actor turned ass. Yet, some ancillary characters speed through lines, letting the challenging language overtake stage presence.
Still, while the acting waivers between professional and community, the show is enjoyable. Proctor's interpretation doesn't take itself to seriously, making this fairy story an accessible entrance into Shakespeare. Through Feb. 25 at Irvington Lodge.