I heard Mr. Mac speak at a talkback this evening and was delighted to hear him say how we know historically the actors who played the clowns/fools in Shakespeare (such as Bottom and Puck) improvised. This is something I've been saying to my colleagues for years when they complain about ad libs in Shakespeare. It is part of our theatrical tradition that the clowns take liberty with their texts. It doesn't mean they would rather speak improvised lines. I didn't hear Mr. Mac improvising his Egeus lines, only his Puck role. Second, as someone who has directed two productions of "Midsummer" I can attest that not all of the play is poetic or lyrical. Puck's lines, in general, aren't poetry: "I'll put a girdle round about the earth in forty minutes" isn't exactly lyrical. It's meant to be funny and Mr. Mac succeeds at making what can be otherwise (and is usually) a one-note and dull character, fully realized, spontaneous, human, and hilarious. His one speech of poetry (at least in this edited production), "Now the hungry lion roars", is the first time I've actually heard and felt those words for the emotional depth they possess. He and Mr. Speciale completely reinvented Puck (and Egeus for that matter) for me and I highly recommend doing whatever you can to see his performance and this beautifully alive production.