By Melissa Rose Bernardo
Updated August 31, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Never mind that Titania’s fairy posse is full of 8-year-olds. Or that Bottom ends up in a baby carriage. The odd thing about this Central Park staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is that the foolish mortals — not the knavish sprites — truly cast a spell: the quartet of quarreling Athenians (Martha Plimpton, at her scornful lover’s feet, pleads, ”Use me but as your spaniel!”); the ham-handed players who do a hysterical Romeo and Juliet spoof (Jay O. Sanders’ Bottom is tops); the Duke who fancies himself a theater critic. It’s hardly a magical Midsummer, but it’s surely a merry one. B

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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  • Daniel Sullivan