Must watch in February: Bir Yaz Gecesi Rüyası
Bir Yaz Gecesi Rüyası is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Although play’s plot was different than its original version, infact while watching it you feel as if you are reading some passages from Tempest for some of the scenes, what made it more modern was its costumes and characters’ actions. Play is directed by Aleksandar Popovski and its art director is Erhan Yazıcıoğlu.
The choice of cast was great; however Özgün Akaçça, who features Lysander, was the only flaw of cast. His pronunciation was so weak that it made it very hard to hear and understand what he was saying. In addition to that he talked too fast which caused him to swallow some of the words. His performance would be thought as above the average if the other actors and actresses performances were not so strong. Arda Aydın’s, who features Nick Bottom, pronunciation and his incredible ability to control his voice, really shadowed Özgün Akaçça’s performance. Along with Arda Aydın, the performance of Nurdan Kalınağa, who is featuring Hermia, and Levent Üzümcü, featuring Theseus and Oberon, was very strong when compared to Özgün Akaçça. The reason why Nurdan Kalınağa and Arda Aydın’s voice felt stunning maybe because of they are very experienced voices in dubbed movies. Performance of Canan Kübra Birinci who is playing Helena was also good but she was also shadowed by Nurdan Kalınağa. Play’s most outstanding actor was Yavuz Şeker with his acting of Puck. Although he did not have so many parts as the others, the play was just worth to see Yavuz Şeker’s part.
Play’s most striking thing was its décors which was a set of tulle red curtains. Those curtains were used as a forest, trees, and a hammock. It was amazing what the actors did with a single curtain. It was such an aesthetic scene where fairies, same colour as the décor, crawled down the curtain dancing, and jumping as if they are on trees. Along with the play the curtain show was a thing worth to watch.
Bir Yaz Gecesi Rüyası is a really good play to watch. Even if you are not familiar neither with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream nor with theatre you would enjoy this play very much.