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Much Ado About Nothing

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Cleveland Foundation Cuyahoga Arts and Culture PNC Ohio Arts Council

March 29 - April 14, 2013

Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare / Directed by Sharon Ott
Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (w/intermission)

Beatrice and Benedick would rather exchange scorching insults than sweet nothings. However, the pugnacious pair is forced to forge a partnership in order to defend house and honor, and salvage the true love of Hero and Claudio after deceptions destroy the lovers’ wedding day. Will the earnest endeavor to restore a young romance elicit an unexpected change of heart for the effort’s unlikely collaborators as well?

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The acting company celebrates during the final moments of the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Members of the acting company kick up their heels during the finale of the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

The bachelor Benedick (actor, third from left, J. Todd Adams) is "busted" by his conspiring cronies Leonato (actor, first from left, David McCann), Claudio (actor, second from left, Neil Brookshire) and Don Pedro (actor, right, David Anthony Smith) in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Cassandra Bissell (as Beatrice) and J. Todd Adams (as Benedick) share a tender moment in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Maggie Kettering (left, as Margaret), Cassandra Bissell (center, as Beatrice) and Betsy Mugavero (as Hero) share a private moment on stage in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Betsy Mugavero (as Hero) and David Anthony Smith (as Don Pedro) share the spotlight during a masquerade party in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Laurie Birmingham (as Antonia) and David McCann (as Leonato) share a smile during a masquerade party in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor Juan Rivera Lebron (as Don John) sips a drink in the shadows during the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor Dougfred Miller (center, as Dogberry) mentors a member of his motley band of watchmen (right, actor, Austin Blunk) as his sidekick, actor M.A. Taylor (left, as Verges) watches on in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Until death do us part? Actor Neil Brookshire (left, as Claudio) suspiciously eyes his bride-to-be, actor Betsy Mugavero (as Hero) as an unsuspecting adjudicator, actor Eric Damon Smith (center, as Friar Francis) watches on in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Cassandra Bissell (as Beatrice) and J. Todd Adams (as Benedick) share a tender moment in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Family feud? Actor Laurie Birmingham (left, as Antonia) and David McCann (center, as Leonato) console their spurned daughter, actor Betsy Mugavero (as Hero), in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actor Neil Brookshire (left, as Claudio) and David Anthony Smith (right, as Don Pedro) take center stage in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)

Actors Neil Brookshire (left, as Claudio), Eric Damon Smith (center, as Balthasar) and David McCann (right, as Leonato) revel as J. Todd Adams (up, as Bendick) eavesdrops in the Great Lakes Theater production of Shakespeare's sublime battle of wits and wills "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare which runs through April 14. (Photo by Roger Mastroianni)