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June 12 2017

Trailer for 'Midsummer Night's Dream' - starring Fran Kranz. He plays Bottom, he really does.

Ha! My son just directed A Midsummer Night's Dream, played Bottom (he really did), and pulled a Joss by composing music to go with Shakespeare's words, turning them into a beautiful song. He'll get a kick out of this.
Russell T. Davies did a very jolly TV adaptation not so long ago, I'll be interested to see how this one compares to his.
Grr Argh. I can't get the trailer to play. Not on my computer or my phone. Sad now.
madmolly, I had the same problem so I looked for it somewhere else, here you go:

Link.
Not hugely impressed by the trailer. Strange thing to do to Bottom, even if he does talk out of his a**e at times.
Well, somebody has to, don't they?
As someone who came to Shakespeare by way of Whedon to a significant extent, I'm forever grateful to Fran Kranz for one thing he did in "Much Ado About Nothing," that I have never seen any other Don Claudio do: In the first act when Don Pedro proposes to woo and win Hero on his behalf, Fran gives him an "uh, what now?" kind of look, and raises a finger as if to say, "Could we just maybe think about this a moment?". Every other performance I've seen has let that crazy idea pass by like "What could possibly go wrong with that?" and as if it was the most normal thing in the world.

And it's important because a little later on, when Claudio thinks that Pedro has betrayed him and wooed/won Hero for himself, we see the despair that he sinks into (in this staging, literally!), how much he really cares about her or at the very least, how much he wants her. Without that, his later repentance has no weight or meaning.
Yeeeeaahhh... Nope.
I think this trailer looks delightful. I can't wait to see it.

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