Thursday, March 31, 2011

In Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary)

I must preface this review by saying...Shakespeare is not my thing. That being said I didn't want to ooze boredom out of my face while watching Theatre Calgary's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Remember the movie with Keanu Reeves? That is what I was expecting (pure torture), but what I got was a hawt set, some funny scenes and and overall pleasant experience.

Obviously I didn't LOVE it...I mean, rarely do I love anything (and when I do it is with a blinding passion...usually for the likes of George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg)...but it was more up my alley than I originally thought.

The reason for this was because of one particular duo on the stage. Benedick and Beatrice (Allan Morgan and Val Planche). Benedick is obviously my favourite character of this play because he is a bachelor for life who is kind of a d-bag. I remember even in high school thinking he was da bomb. Morgan made him one of the funniest Shakespearean characters I have ever seen. Together they brought the comedy and I loved them for it. There is one particular scene where Benedick is hiding in the vineyard which made me literally slap my leg (who does that?...I guess that is my reaction to Shakespeare funny)...if you see it you will know what I mean.

Now for the bad...Hero and Claudio. Snooze. I don't know what to say except, I wasn't really feeling it...and I don't know if they were either. Claudio (Tyrell Crews) is an attractive dude, but that isn't going to entertain me for the WHOLE show. And Hero (Elizabeth Kirkland) was pretty much beckoning me to punch her in the face every time she was on if this was the purpose of her character I apologize...job well done, but I am not sure that it was.

If I had to stamp a "go see" or "pass" stamp on it for my young, vibrant, hilarious, and enlightened readers I would say the former - if you have the slightest liking for Will Shakespeare and the latter if you do not.

Verdict: 3.0 Stars


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