Ado About Nothing
“…energetic and entertaining….Director James Dunn pushes the show along with his hallmark crispness and emphasis on broad characterization. Sometimes it works brilliantly, particularly in the scenes involving Constable Dogberry and his rustic assistants….When all is said and done, the result is a merry night of theatre under the stars….
One nice scenic touch that bears mentioning is the use of child actors as live statues — silver-grey cherubs — whose shifting poses frame the action….Welcome, all, to the world of professional theatre!”
– Charles Brousse, Marin I.J.
“Susan Wilder is perfectly saucy as Beatrice, and Scott Coopwood uses his acting and physical talents to terrific effect. One of the benefits of MSC’s summer seasons is the casting. Both Wilder and Coopwood appear in “A Thousand and One Arabian Nights”, which is running in repertoire with “Ado.” In “Thousand,” they carry very different roles, proving their versatility….What is most apparent in the show is the relish the actors have in their roles.
Patrick Leveque as Claudio and Michael Wiles as the Prince, both boldly cinched in tailored costumes, display a braggadocio fitting their roles. John Ficarra, who plays the evil brother Don John, was greeted by hisses when he took his bows at a recent show – telling proof of his convincing mettle (which he obligingly returned to the audience.) Directed by James Dunn, this “Ado” is charming, well cast and sumptuously costumed. An added delight are the four tiny cherubs who adorn the stage, sometimes slyly participating in the lovelorn action….“Ado” is a whole lot of fun, the staging and costumes pleasing.”
– Olga Azar, Marin Scope