William Stevenson
November 05, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Donkey Show

Current Status
In Season

We gave it an A-

If you long to revisit the 1970s, this disco-fied rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (set in a real Chelsea nightclub) is a hipper, cheaper alternative to Saturday Night Fever. Just don’t expect to hear any Shakespearean dialogue. The characters express themselves by singing along to such disco classics as ”Don’t Leave Me This Way,” ”Ring My Bell,” and ”Knock on Wood.” Surprisingly enough, it works. The energetic cast dances and roller-skates its way through the audience — many of whom also dance — and directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner make clever use of Club El Flamingo’s multiple levels. It may not have Shakespeare’s poetry, but this Donkey Show does create its own kind of kicks. A-

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