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Family Values: Puck and Friends

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By Bethany Powers '11

Published Apr 1, 2010 9:00 AM


Although it's a romantic fairy tale, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is filled with witty puns and raunchy double entendres. But fear not, as Puck the sprite tells King Oberon in the play, the Geffen Playhouse features a family-friendly version for you and your kids.

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Part of the playhouse's Saturday Scene, the April 24 show is a kid-length one hour long. The Geffen contracts with Will & Company, a theater ensemble that includes plays adapted from adult works for younger audiences. Debra Pasquerette, the education director for the Geffen, says this is a great opportunity for kids to experience quality theater in ways they'll understand — and love.

"The play is really friendly and really accessible," she says. "It's a short version of the play that includes all of the main points of Shakespeare's production."

Not only will kids love the comedy and hysterical banter of the play, they will also have the opportunity to be a part of the show themselves. Ten youngsters from the audience are selected to assist the actors, which allows participants even more interaction with the play.

"When I select plays, I'm really looking for something that's age-appropriate, and this play is just absolutely wonderful," says Pasquerette.

If you're looking for a break from your typical Saturday morning routine, spend an hour with your kids pretending to be a part of a world with kings, fairies and magical transformations.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. April 24, 2010. The Geffen Playhouse. 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, 90024. For ticket prices and more information, log on to www.geffenplayhouse.com or call (310) 208-5454.

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