X*ACT’s production of William Shakespeare’s very funny comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,” is finishing up a two week run this weekend with evening shows on Friday and Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
X-ACT’s talented and innovative Director, Lisa Howard-Welch, has set this production in the early 1920s with period costumes and music, so this will be different than any other “Much Ado” that you may have seen before. The Much Ado About Nothing Video is very modern…. Rumor Has It.
A Synopsis: Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very “merry war”; they are both very glib and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. By means of “noting” (which sounds the same as “nothing,” and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar. However, Dogberry, a Constable who is a master of malapropisms, discovers the evil trickery of the villain, Don John. In the end, Don John runs away and everyone else joins in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.
General Admission for the rest of the weekend is $15; $12 for Students and Seniors. Shows are at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday evenings June 22, & 23. Matinee is Sunday, June 24 and Saturday, June 23 at 3 PM. The show runs about 2+ hours with an intermission. Get tickets on-line at X-ACT.