Much Ado About Nothing | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

Performing in the park, the cast of this Fury Theatre production of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies held their own against inclement weather and nearby traffic on the night I attended. They've clearly studied more than the CliffsNotes, though this two and a half hour show could use just a little trimming—admittedly a tall order with such significant source material. Centered on the eternal struggle between the sexes, Much Ado also poses serious questions about gender roles and how much they've evolved, or not, since Shakespeare's time. While the most engaging relationship to watch develop is between impetuous Beatrice (Arin Mulvaney) and cocksure Benedick (Patrick Bromley), Casey Long's Borachio provides gleeful Chris Farley-meets-Stratford-upon-Avon comic relief. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15


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