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Reviewed by Louise Hurrell for Readers' Favorite
A Midsummer Night’s Dream might be one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, with countless stage, film, and tv adaptations performed over the years. It is a brave task to readapt a story many people recognize, but Paul Leonard Murray has successfully pulled it off. While he has reduced the running time to around an hour, Murray has lost none of the core themes and ideas explored in the original. Instead, they are discussed in a way that younger or foreign students can understand, but still keeps the spirit from the Bard’s play. The love square featuring Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, and Helena was brilliantly done and engaging, with perhaps the mischievous Puck stealing the show.
The use of rhyming couplets to tell the story was great. It was reminiscent of the iambic pentameter used by many of Shakespeare’s characters, and helped the story flow incredibly smoothly. The plot was just as bizarre and hilarious as ever and, despite having read A Midsummer Night’s Dream countless times, I still found Murray’s text funny. Between the couplets and the storyline, it was a very joyful, wacky reading experience and I breezed through the entire play in under an hour. It is incredibly readable, and Shakespeare novices will certainly have a great time with it. Long gone are impressions of Shakespeare being difficult. If all of the plays in the Silly Shakespeare for Students series is as good as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then Murray will have helped make the Bard accessible for a whole new audience.