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Much Ado About Nothing

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Sunday August 18, 2013 / 7:30pm
Much Ado About Nothing
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office
16500 White Marsh Park Drive
Bowie, MD 20715

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Annapolis Players' "Much Ado About Nothing" might be construed as an attempt by Will Shakespeare to write a pilot reality show for American TV in the 1950s. At times it was a wild romp, broadly, sometimes campily, acted. Most of the time, it was a serious look at human foibles, treacheries, and, most of all, romance. Oh, sure, there were a couple things I would have done differently, but who cares about me. This edition of the Shakespearean pot boiler satisfied the first requirement of the theater, to be entertaining. Annapolis' "Much Ado" was certainly that, injected with music, dance, and clothing styles of the era in which this writer was a teenager. If this production had been done in that very time, fusing the Bard's art with Dick Clark's pop culture, Will would be even bigger box office in the 21st century.

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