Much Ado About Nothing

“There’s a double meaning in that.”

For the 2013 Fall Play, the TA Players put on William Shakespeare’s famous comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by David Hanright, with assistance from Chris Queally and Emma Arenstam, Shakespeare would have been proud of the production put on by the Players. Laughter echoed throughout the Garland Auditorium, whether from one of the character, Benedick’s falling into a pool of water, Beatrice with her triangle, or the endless innuendo courtesy of the Bard. A fair amount of people attended each of the three shows, and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy their experience.

The play follows two love stories – each with twists and surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Set in Messina at the home of Leonato, which he shares with his niece Beatrice, his daughter Hero, and her two gentlewomen Ursula and Margaret, some Spanish soldiers – Don Pedro, his bastard brother Don John, Benedick, and Claudio – return from war and are guests at the estate. Hero and Claudio are instantly smitten with one another, and decide to get married. Trouble arises when Don John and his assistants, Borachio and Conrad, trick Claudio into thinking that Hero was unfaithful to him by staging a scene between Margaret and Borachio, as Claudio mistook Margaret for Hero. Claudio refuses Hero at their wedding, which leads to everyone wanting to prove Hero’s innocence and herself pretending to be dead. All the while, Beatrice and Benedick are having a battle of wits, each of whom denying their true affections for one another. Police officers Dogberry and Verges (with Southern accents in the Players’ production) add another element of comedy with their quirky investigative methods as all is eventually found out. Hero and Claudio get married, and after some tricks to bring them closer together, so do Beatrice and Benedick, and the show ends with a dance making it the only Shakespearean show to formally do so.