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Better Than Shakespeare presents: Much Ado About Something

ensemble theatre · better than shakespeare · Ages 10+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States

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ERIN MOORE certified reviewer June 08, 2014
Such a fun show! It's a clever twist on Much Ado that doesn't take itself too seriously. Great sound effects add to the show. Definitely a great, light, happy piece to catch during the Fringe this year.... full review
GREGORY CRAFTS certified reviewer June 09, 2014
If you enjoy mash-ups like 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' or vintage sci-fi b-movies, then this is the show for you. With nods to the rest of Shakespeare's folio (including an alien leader aping Richard III), this 'Much Ado' is cleverly done and very entertaining. ... full review
SJ ZEITZEW certified reviewer June 07, 2014
Brush up your Shakespeare. This classically trained troupe mines the canon in this "better than Shakespeare" production of Much Ado...liberally sprinkled with humor, malaprops, verbal mash-ups, aliens, and pratfalls sure to please the groundlings.... full review
B TALLEY certified reviewer June 07, 2014
The play was fun filled entertainment with professional talent. I recommended it to my friends. See it you will enjoy it!... full review
JAEGER CHRISTIAN certified reviewer June 10, 2014
tagged as: shakespeare · funny
Hilarious! Good for all ages, great if you know "Much Ado..." by heart or if you've forgotten the whole thing. ... full review
GREG MACHLIN uncertified reviewer June 14, 2014
tagged as: comedy · shakespeare · aliens · insane · success · music
This is the most gloriously insane and fanatically irreverent production of a Shakespeare play I've ever seen--and that's a very good thing. Very few directors would have the guts to add an entire alien invasion framing device to a Shakespeare comedy, but I'll be damned if Megan Kelly and Kate Grabeau's adaptation doesn't pull it off by being ludicrously unfaithful to the show and actually writing at least one new iambic pentameter monologue detailing a horrific alien saucer, delivered with smart frantic energy by Evan Smith as The Messenger (mostly called "Smith"), who carries the bulk of the alien subplot. There are two benefits to this: 1) It's an unbelievably audacious, risk-taking choice, exactly the sort of stuff we *should* be see... full review
MATT RITCHEY uncertified reviewer June 16, 2014
Hey, I'm a sucker for malformed Shakespeare so this was right up my alley! Super fun idea executed grandly with amazing design and MUSIC!!! A dry talented cast in a very funny show! More will be happening with this company, I can tell, but see this one while you can!... full review
ARMEN PANDOLA certified reviewer June 17, 2014
Wherefore art thou, ET? Why thou art at the Theatre Asylum making mischief. To go or not to go? Easy, get thee to a funnery of betrothals, betrayals, bewitchings and bewildermens. Make merry and haste before the Much adieus. The rest is too funny to ruin with a review. ... full review
JORDAN SCOVEL certified reviewer June 17, 2014
These guys PLAY! That's the most exciting part of this show is that you can tell the cast is having fun most of the time. There seemed to be a louder pulse amongst the alien scenes; it would have been fun to see how a full alien take over affected MUCH ADO, now it seems like a side dish. Like those amazing mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving that you just keep going back for and wanting another pound of when they are all gone... Once you gave me aliens - all I wanted was more silliness and campiness of the aliens. The actor playing the role of Smith attacked the role of servant to alien slayer with amazing ease, he made me giggle the whole show. Arthur Keng was also wonderful as a hobbled alien plotting to take over the world. ... full review
STEVE MADAR certified reviewer June 17, 2014
There is a sweet madness that this show gives off and a joy that comes from ripping apart Shakespeare and making it a hoot. Exuberent performances abound in this retelling of Much Ado plus aliens. From fun devices to create the "deformed ones," to irreverent soliloquies (notably Arthur Keng), and neon glowsticks to create the mood, this Shakespeare is on the trail of something good. There is also an outstanding performance from Evan Smith, who holds all the disparate elements together. If I had only one wish for this show: more aliens. ... full review