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Filled with star-crossed lovers and higgledy-piggledy pairings, scrambled intentions and jumbled jealousies, the Folger’s latest production invites audiences to see how “quick bright things come to confusion” on one summer evening. Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Aaron Posner launches the theater’s year-long commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with an innovative new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His interpretation embraces the play’s comedy, allowing the actors to bring some silliness to their roles. Andre Pluess’ original score accompanies the vengeful fairy king Oberon and the mischievous Puck, played by Erin Weaver, as they wreak havoc on the lives of unsuspecting mortals. With a rollicking rock number and an endearing ukulele song written by Adam Wesley Brown, who also plays Lysander, the show’s music is as rich as the story. Overlapping narratives, a human who transforms into a donkey, and a play of “tragical mirth” set within the play itself—which may just be a dream—make for a hilarious journey of misunderstanding and deception. Beneath the surface-level absurdity, we also glimpse a rather telling portrait of our everyday emotional entanglements, especially when it comes to the ones we love. The play runs Jan. 26 to March 6 at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $35–$75. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu.