How Did Critics Review A Midsummer Night’s Dream Starring Phylicia Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, and Danny Burstein?

The Verdict   How Did Critics Review A Midsummer Night’s Dream Starring Phylicia Rashad, Annaleigh Ashford, and Danny Burstein?
The Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park production officially opened July 31 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Annaleigh Ashford and Alex Hernandez Joan Marcus

Lear deBessonet directs the Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which officially opened July 31 after previews that began July 11 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The limited engagement is scheduled through August 13.

Starring in Shakespeare’s romantic tale are Annaleigh Ashford as Helena, Phylicia Rashad as Titania, Kristine Nielsen as Puck, Danny Burstein as Nick Bottom, Kyle Beltran as Lysander, and Bhavesh Patel as Theseus.

Completing the cast are Shalita Grant (Hermia), De’Adre Aziza (Hippolyta), Min Borack (Fifth Fairy), Vinie Burrows (First Fairy, Peaseblossom), Justin Cunningham (Philostrate), Marcelle Davies-Lashley (Fairy Singer), Austin Durant (Snug), Keith Hart (Third Fairy), Alex Hernandez (Demetrius), Jeff Hiller (Francis Flute), Robert Joy (Peter Quince), Patricia Lewis (Fourth Fairy), David Manis (Egeus, Cobweb), Pamela McPherson-Cornelius (Second Fairy), Patrena Murray (Snout), Richard Poe (Oberon), Joe Tapper (Robin Starveling), Judith Wagner (Mote), Warren Wyss (Mustardseed), Benjamin Ye (Changeling Boy), and Rosanny Zayas (Understudy).

Reviews follow. Check back for updates:

Phylicia Rashad, Danny Burstein, Warren Wyss, Vinie Burrows, and Keith Hart Joan Marcus

amNY (Matt Windman)

Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

NBC New York (Robert Kahn)

Newsday (Elisabeth Vincentelli)

New York Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Vulture (Sara Holdren)

The Wrap (Thom Geier)

Free tickets are distributed—two per person—at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning at noon on the day of each public performance. A select number of tickets will also be made available for each performance via mobile lottery through the TodayTix app. For more ticket information, visit

View photos from the production below:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Jessica Paz, hair, wig, and make-up design by Cookie Jordan, original music, music supervision, and orchestrations by Justin Levine, additional orchestrations by Charlie Rosen, additional music supervision by Dean Sharenow, and music direction by Jon Spurney. Choreography is by Chase Brock.


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