I declare that Shakespeare’s best comedic creation is Beatrice, with her "merry heart" and tart tongue and vulnerable soul. That’s exactly how the excellent Miranda Baran plays her in the Bard’s tale of young love foiled and forged by trickery. Baran has a complete grasp of the language, and her Beatrice is sarcastic and modern and self-assured, the soul of this production.
The all-teen cast from Knavish Hedgehog returns for a third year for what might be their most successful production yet, partly because Much Ado is tailor-made for a younger cast and audience. You have to be forgiving of some greenhorn performers, but Much Ado is energetic, imbued with sweetness and rich with silly physical comedy. Especially infectious are the scenes where Beatrice and her nemesis/love interest Benedick (the confident Liam Berry) eavesdrop on their matchmaking comrades in the woods.
— Mary Agnes Welch