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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.”

Courtesy of Greg Mooney

Horizon Theatre’s current production, “Blackberry Daze,” takes its audience to small town Virginia at the end of World War I. There, Mae Lou, her daughter Carrie, and blues singer Pearl under the spell of gambler Herman Camm. To get an idea of his character, the story foreshadows his death, and no one is particularly interested in figuring out who did it.

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Ashley Earles-Bennett

It’s one of the longest-running musicals in off-Broadway history, and it’s also one of the most performed musicals in high schools, according to the Educational Theater Association.

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That show is “Little Shop of Horrors,” where down-on-his-luck Seymour Krelborn discovers a new plant species with an insatiable appetite for human blood and world domination at the same time he's also falling love with his colleague Audrey.

Courtesy of Vernal & Sere Theatre

One young Atlanta theater company is giving a 2500-year-old play an update. 

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Vernal & Sere Theatre is presenting their take on the story of Medea — the former princess who takes vengeance on her husband by killing his new wife as well as her own children. They're calling the show "Medea Unborn."

The show is in performance at the Robert Mello Studio in Doraville and runs through July 14.

Courtesy of the Alliance Theatre

Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":