Much Ado About Nothing

Last year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Pasadena’s Stage Door Inc. was well-received, so it was no surprise the company choose another Shakespearean play for this season. “This year, we chose to go with…[Much Ado About Nothing], and, as the director, I couldn’t be more delighted. says Stage Door’s Carrie Doss. “The show is hilarious and spicy all at the same time.”

Although originally written almost entirely in prose, the script has been updated. “As an audience member, you will get the same great story but in modern language that is easy to understand and enjoy,” explains Doss, who, along with assistant director Bryan Burleigh, spent many late nights rewriting. “The updated script keeps all of the sauciness and laughter, but using more analogies that speak better to modern civilization.

“Some may question whether updating the script is wise,” says Doss. “To those, I say, William Shakespeare wrote his plays for the common man. An updated script is just taking his wonderful work and bringing it back to the common man as he intended.”

The production, which is set in 1974, takes full advantage of the period-specific fashions from the late ’60s and early ’70s. The play combines elements of robust hilarity with the more serious subjects of honor, shame and court politics.

8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Through March 15. Center for the Performing Arts and Education, 2307 South Shaver, Pasadena. For information, call 832-582-7606 or visit $15.
Sundays, 3 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 20. Continues through March 15, 2015

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Susie Tommaney is a contributing writer who enjoys covering the lively arts and culture scene in Houston and surrounding areas, connecting creative makers with the Houston Press readers to make every week a great one.
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