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The Bard’s fantastical farce is getting a slightly more empowered interpretation. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern is mid-run with their production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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“It’s just fun. It’s one of the most playful of Shakespeare’s comedies,” director Tony Brown tells "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes.

Actor Dani Herd characterizes the show as “a good Shakespeare gateway drug.”

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Hamlet is just one of the many prized role for actors, but it is out of reach for many, especially for one rather sizable group of the population: women.

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In fact, only 16 percent of the roles Shakespeare wrote were for women, and unless a theater company does a fair amount of gender parody in their productions, women rarely get to work together on productions.

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