Ado About Nothing
From the Playbill
Beatrice and Benedick are akin to Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn in films like Adams Rib or Hepburn and Cary Grant in Philadelphia Story. More recently perhaps, Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant come to mind. We as audience members can't help falling in love with them and so enjoy the comic and tender ride they take us on during the course of their journey.
Surrounding Beatrice and Bendick, Shakespeare gives us a second set of young passionate lovers, inept villains, and a group of bumbling "Keystone Cops" who inadvertently resolve the conflict of the plot. But it is the ebullient, dashing, but flawed Benedick and the strong-willed intelligent and beautiful Beatrice who carry the day and our hearts.
- James Dunn, Director
What the Critics Said
"Much Ado About Nothing is quite simply the best Shakespeare you'll see this summer. James Dunn directs with a relentless attention to detail, which means there are neither small parts nor small actors in this lavish romantic comedy. Scott Coopwood's rough but witty soldier, Benedick, and Susan Wilder's swoony but sharp Beatrice are a couple out of a Shakespeare groupie's dream; watching them being dragged by their tongues into marriage is a trip...Young Hero (Laurie Keith) and Claudio (Patrick Leveque) are less verbal but their love-at-first-sight romance is accomplished with a great deal of passion... Dunn's balanced production allows each actor to look good in his/her role... Set designer Bruce Lackovic uses colors and columns for a charming and sensual background, but it is his clever ramps that allow actors to show off acrobatic skills. Costumes (Andrea Huelse), sound (Billie Cox), props (Denise Kirchner) and lights (Ellen Brooks) serve the overall production well. Choreographer Cynthia Pepper creates winning movements for four young stone cherubs that anchor the show."
- Lee Brady, Pacific Sun