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Film Review: ‘Still Dreaming’

2 January 2015 5:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller’s intriguing documentary “Still Dreaming,” residents of an Actors Fund retirement home put on a play under the aegis of two young New York directors. The play is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and before long the world of the nursing home and Shakespeare’s enchanted forest begin to mirror each other in disquieting ways, as mental and physical disabilities, rather than fairy spells, shift time and sow confusion. Yet the play also reawakens and reconnects these thespians to each other and to the most vital parts of their past. Arthouse play, though merited, is probably a long shot.

In 2005’s “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” the filmmakers staged “The Tempest,” with its themes of redemption and forgiveness, in a maximum-security prison. Here they tackle “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with its all-too-relevant specters of confusion and identity loss, in a nursing home.

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