Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare's Comedy Set in the Caribbean
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Featured review from Kate Shereau
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This was a joyous, well-acted and lively production of Much Ado. I've seen the play many times, but this was by far the best presentation ever. The actors were all wonderful, although special kudos go to Alex Perez for his role as Dogberry. He practically steals the show whenever he comes on stage. The production design was fantastic, setting it in DC in the Caribbean community was brilliant. The director deserves special praise for his staging of this wonderful play.
From Washington City Paper's 2009 Fall Arts Preview:
"With any luck, Timothy Douglas's Caribbean update of Much Ado About Nothing will make an even more joyful noise. There’s reason to hope: Douglas made dazzling work out of Robert O’Hara’s uproarious Insurrection: Holding History at Theater Alliance a couple of years back, and his no-nonsense résumé includes the world premiere of August Wilson’s final play, Radio Golf. Bonus good sign: The guy who’ll be playing Benedick, the fast-talking, Beatrice-bashing smart-mouth brought to his knees by love? That would be Howard Overshown, a veteran of shows as diverse as Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play." —Trey Graham
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