A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Peter Dobbins Written by William Shakespeare
Stage Manager: Joe Danbusky
Produced by the Storm Theatre
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Written by Gary Mitchell
Stage Manager: Megan Smith
Produced by The Play Company at the Kirk Theatre
When a former professional football player turns actor, the inclination is to set the bar rather low. Think O.J. Simpson as the security guard in The Towering Inferno. For that matter, think Dr. Johnson on female preachers.
I couldn’t help myself, however, so I purchased a ticket to a production at the Storm Theatre in Times Square to see the once-explosive, virtually untackleable Hall-of-Fame fullback John Riggins utterly flop on his face in A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing, of all things, Nick Bottom.
Funny. This offbeat guy, who sported a Mohawk haircut in the 1970’s as a New York Jet and was the bane of NFL defensive lines in the early 1980’s as he led the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowls, didn’t flop—on face or bottom. He was superb.
Start with the first rehearsal, or, rather, discussion about rehearsal of that marvelously silly play-within-the-play, The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and...