As it opens? The mood of the characters—the rude mechanicals rehearsing for the play—is excited and focused. They want this play to be good, and Bottom wants it to be his way. For the audience, the mood is expectancy, with traces of humor. We know the lovers have gone to the woods. We know the fairies are there. Now that the rehearsal is starting, the train wreck is about to happen. It is tense; what will happen?