Much Ado About Nothing: Cal Shakes Presents the Bard's Comedy Under the Stars
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The last date listed for Much Ado About Nothing was Thursday October 14, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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A fresh spin on several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Into the Woods interweaves and re-imagines the stories of a number of beloved characters to examine whether "happily ever after" is really even possible. Unable to bear children, a baker and his wife are lured into completing a number of tasks by a witch who promises to grant them their wish. During their journey, they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original Broadway run won critical praise and numerous awards. The cast recording, which includes "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone," took home a Grammy. It's set to get the Hollywood movie treatment this year in a film starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep. Learn More
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Cal Shakes does not disappoint with their last production of this season. Much Ado has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare comedies, especially with the sharp tongues of Benedick and Beatrice. And here, the actors who play those two roles certainly did not disappoint. Their chemistry was fantastic, though I have to admit that Benedick won the audience over with his deliveries and expressions. The rest of the cast was just as good. Don John was way over the top, but it worked for me, in a cartoonish villain kind of way. It's light and good fun, so enjoy what is presented!
The men return from war only to find new battles on the field of love in Italy’s countryside. Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone helms Shakespeare’s comedy of love delayed, filled with villainy, betrayal, and a glorious ending celebrating the joy of love and the power of redemption.