‘Much Ado About Nothing’ review: Shakespeare entertains audience

Ms. Joanne Mamenta

Junior Ellie Hitt and MBA senior Eric Walsh seal the deal with a kiss at the end of "Much Ado About Nothing."

Mary Liza Hartong, Backpage Editor

“If this play is boring, we’re getting extra ice-cream afterwards,” my eight-year-old stepsister proclaimed to me as we entered the theater.

While I assured her that it would be a hilarious and riveting show, much like her favorite programs on Disney Channel, I admit that I worried for my wallet and sanity at this point.

If Shakespeare is boring and confusing for some adults, how on earth could I expect a youngster to sit through it without hollering “This stinks! I’m calling Dad!” ten minutes in?

As the lights dimmed, I felt a few firm tugs on my hair and suddenly lamented taking my emergency coloring book out of my purse before the show. Gulp.

As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

My stepsister and I both watched with rapt attention as the hilarious antics ensued, including the especially side-splitting junior Ellie Hitt and senior Eric Walsh, as they took turns hiding in trees and mouthing off to each other.

Senior Maggie Griswold, clad in a ridiculously large black mustache, could not have been eclipsed in her comedic portrayal of a police officer, and junior Alexandra Thornton caused jaws to drop with her sly wit and unforgettable facial expressions.

Conversely, the play did not lack for dramatic moments. From the torrid kiss between sophomore Brianne Morrow and freshman Clay Andreen, to the “oh-no-he-didn’t” confrontation in the wedding scene, this show had it all.

Let’s just say no extra ice cream was needed.

So the next time a Shakespeare production comes to Harpeth Hall and you’re wondering “to see, or not to see?” take this reviewers advice and see!

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