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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Midsummer Night's Dream Coming to West Portal Library

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

click to enlarge Coming to a library near you... - SIR EDWIN LANDSEER
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Strange things happen in San Francisco's libraries. It's not for nothing that the stall doors in the main branch's men's room were reduced in size. Odds are, however, you've never seen a man transformed into a human jackass as a cruel prank upon the queen of the faeries.

Well, now you can. But not in the men's room. There will be no donkeys or transmutations in the men's room.

A Shakespeare on Tour production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the children's room of the West Portal branch. That library isn't exactly the Globe Theatre when it comes to size, so fans of the Bard may want to be punctual.

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The library pitches the forthcoming show as "suitable for elementary students through adults." This is true -- though audience members spooked by arranged marriages, faeries, donkey men, or iambic pentameter are advised to avoid West Portal.

A mid-winter production of A Midsummer Night's Dream isn't exactly timely. But no one was clamoring for The Winter's Tale. A story featuring poisonings and child abandonment might not play so well in the children's room.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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