FACEBOOK TWITTER EMAIL ME PRINT COMMENTS Cour­tesy of 5B Pro­duc­tions All of L.A. is a stage in a con­tem­po­rary adap­ta­tion of Shake­speare fea­tur­ing Lily Rabe, Finn Wit­trock, Rachael Lee Cook and Hamish Lin­klater. Report­ed­ly the Bard’s most-pro­duced play and trans­lat­ed to the screen many times, A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream makes per­fect sense as a Hol­ly­wood-set sto­ry, with its mix of high and low, world­ly and mag­i­cal, and its play with­in the play. Trans­pos­ing the Athen­ian com­e­dy to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Casey Wilder Mott takes his bow as a fea­ture direc­tor with a sen­su­ous, sil­ly and superbly cast ver­sion, one whose visu­al­ly vibran­cy match­es its feel for the lan­guage. Abridged and spiked with nods to oth­er works by Shake­speare, his Dream will enchant every­one except the most inflex­i­ble purists, and will like­ly turn on the unini­ti­at­ed to the charms of the Eliz­a­bethan play­wright. The canyons, beach­es, man­sions and high-rise offices of Los Ange­les make a dynam­ic set­ting, and there isn’t a weak per­for­mance in the film. The actors play­ing the cen­tral quar­tet of star-crossed, potion-dosed lovers — some of them reg­u­lar per­form­ers of the Shake­speare canon — infuse their lines with a sharp con­tem­po­rary pulse. In the par­al­lel spir­it world, a […]