Midsummer Theater Doesn't Slow Down at Canada's Stratford Festival

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Thomas Olajide (centre, left) and Josue Laboucane as the wedding couple with members of the company in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' directed by Chris Abraham at the Stratford Festival.

Summer is the slow season for Broadway, with few shows opening between the Tony Awards in June and the fall season kickoff in September. But it’s high season for theater festivals. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood made a trip to the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, one of the largest festivals in North America.

The Stratford Festival runs from May until October and features revivals of classic musicals and other fare, plus several Shakespeare productions, including this year two very different productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream.