“But we are spirits of another sort.” These words go unspoken in the Forced Entertainment production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Even so, the sight of a fairy king, queen and court represented by assorted bottles of alcoholic beverages just might set the line flitting through your mind.
This Midsummer Night’s Dream is but one of three dozen one-hour nutshell adaptations collectively billed as “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare.” The eponymous tabletop serves as the stage for casts of characters assembled from odds and ends you might find in your pantry or gardening shed or garage: a bottle opener, a box of powder, a paintbrush or two stuck in an empty jelly jar. Nothing anthropomorphic! Far less anything so literal as a tin soldier or figurine. Now and then (see above), a nimble mind may pick up a humorous or symbolic suggestion. As for the live element, one lone actor sits behind the table, narrating, identifying the “players,” and moving them here and there, like Fate, to show what’s happening.