Better Than Shakespeare presents: Much Ado About Something

ensemble theatre · better than shakespeare · Ages 10+ · United States

family friendly world premiere
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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
SHARI BARRETT certified reviewer June 16, 2014
tagged as: shakespeare · comedy · aliens
What a fun show! Shakespeare's comedy gets a new and very modern take on this tale of love with aliens dropping in to stir things up. Very clever use of items purchased at the 99 Cent Store to create outer space props that light up, and allowing the audience to participate by handing out glow sticks to wave at appropriate moments.Excellent musical and sound effects accompaniment by Greg Nicolett. Classic Shakespeare lines from many of his plays and thrown in throughout, which garnered lots of laughs from the audience. Life is but a walking shadow.... takes on new meaning!... 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
DAN AMERMAN certified reviewer June 17, 2014
Funny show, the best bits were the parts with the aliens, the actor who plays the bastard and the actor who played the manservant were both so committed and funny…fun stuff!... 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