Another rave review for Much Ado About Nothing! Barbara Keer of Splash Magazine called the show an “amazing production.” She writes,
Summer Magic in a Chicago Park
We could not remember a Shakespeare production that we found more enjoyable including outdoor productions in Cardiff, Wales, Livermore, CA and even formal productions at the Stratford Festival in Canada. …
The large cast kept the action moving and with no raised stage, the actors essentially surrounded the audience and involved us in the action. It was fascinating to see the way the performance space became defined. The actors spoke each and every word clearly and audibly. It was a delightful performance, accessible and involving. The costuming was perfect and the actions, sword fight, dancing, singing and movements into the performance space and away held the audience’s attention including the children who attended. All of the actors were convincing in their roles and the language seemed to flow into the action. (This play is unusual in that it is written in prose rather than poetry.) However, Ashlee Edgemon as Beatrice was irresistible. I have been telling all my friends, so I should also tell my readers to “Get thee to a park. Make haste!” Read the whole review here.
Ms. Keer also snapped some great pictures of the crowd at the opening performance. Check out the review on Splash Magazine’s website to see her photos!