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

Much Ado About Nothing Recommended Free The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Aug. 3 2014

This Arc Theatre production for Shakespeare on the Ridge is focused, fun, and (at 90 minutes) swiftly paced. I don't think I've seen a better Beatrice than Alison Plott, whose poised intelligence matches that of Benedick (Joe Flynn) as they trade flirtatious witticisms. There's real conflict here as well, of course, and when Beatrice, stymied, declares "Oh, that I were a man!," Plott had me feeling the weight beneath the lightness in this comedy. Shakespeare knew that festivity cloaks but can't conceal darker truths. And so we have not just the tragic powerlessness of Beatrice but the stunningly conditional love of Claudio (Jeff Kurysz) for his betrothed, and the desire of melancholy Don John (Teddy Boone) to dismantle it all. —Suzanne Scanlon


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