Ado About Nothing
The second set of lovers, Hero and Claudio, were played by Laurie Keith and Patrick Leveque who are (as I write this in 2007) now engaged to be married. Robert Currier took on the role of Leonato, presiding over the onstage villa, while he presided as Artistic Director over the company. John Ficarra – who sadly moved to New York the following year, depriving us of his many talents – was a wonderful Don John. Jonathan Gonzalez and Thomas Lynch as Dogberry and Verges kept the comedy of the subplot alive.
Jim Dunn decorated the set with busts of Shakespeare, discretely tucked into the villa’s nooks and crannies, as well as a foursome of little girls who gamely and played living statues which moved slyly around the stage, witnessing and commenting on the action with their poses. Fortunately, our choreographers had tremendous patience, as well as grace and wit.
Bruce Lackovic was at his creative best in conceiving a set that worked incredibly well in repertory for an Italian villa and an Arabian palace. Cleverly placed swathes of green Astroturf around a working fountain came up from the Much Ado stage floor to reveal a gorgeous mandala, and stately planters and elegant potted trees were replaced with colorful billowy curtains.
We were much pleased with this Much Ado.
– Lesley Currier