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Monday, May 16, 2011

New York Times Literary Treat of the Week...

Adrian, Chris. The Great Night. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Dateline: San Francisco. The ultimate alternative version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being staged in Buena Vista Park in this city’s Haight-Ashbury section. In this production the fairy queen Titania is so grief stricken over the loss of her adoptive mortal son to leukemia that she foolishly releases Puck, who here is a demon capable of taking the shape of what one fears the most. In his sights are three partygoers taking a short cut each of which experienced love and loss of varying varieties. Also in attendance are homeless actors hoping to denounce the mayor for his neglect of them by staging a musical version of the cult movie Soylent Green. Lovers of “The Bard” and/or Neil Gaiman will really enjoy this inspired mixture of parallel worlds headed for a collision.

Also by Chris Adrian at Merrick Library:

The Children's Hospital

Reviewed by Librarian, Bob.

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