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Much Ado About Nothing

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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

From the Fringe program:

Director: Mariam Bernstein
Cast: Miranda Baran, Graeme Berry, Liam Berry, Hannah Beynon, Hannah Gehman, Maggie Gehmen, Caelyn Kwade, Ben McIntyre-Ridd, Daniel McIntyre-Ridd, Salty McPherson, Dagen Perrott, Madeleine E. W. Young

 

What do you get when you mix saucy lads, sassy lasses, plotting princes and a man who wouldn't be able to formulate an understandable sentence if a dictionary slapped him in the face? Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing!

Returning after a sold-out run in 2013, the Knavish Hedgehogs welcome you to the estate of Madame Leonata: a world of masquerades, cute couples, clever quarrels, healed hearts and unparalleled wordplay.

"Some cupids kill with arrows, some with traps…"

 

Audience Classification: General
Length: 90 mins.
Tickets: $10
Door Discount: $7 for Students, Seniors, Unemployed, Banana Suits

 

Warnings: None

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