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Much Ado About Nothing

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Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
30 Union Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tickets start at $20; Low Priced Previews Aug. 8-10 are $15 & $20.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Julianne Boyd

A screwball comedy with a heart. Shakespeare sizzles in 1930s Sicily! 

Director Julianne Boyd sets Much Ado in Messina, Sicily, in the mid-1930s. The strains of jazz and Latin rhythms fill the air as the fun-loving, confirmed bachelor Benedick (Christopher Innvar) returns home from war to be met by the smart, headstrong Beatrice (Gretchen Egolf) – always ready to do combat with a “merry war” of witty insults. Their love story is set against a darker one of young love between Claudio and Hero, threatened by the machinations of the malicious Don John (Mark H. Dold). At once passionate, sexy and bitingly funny, Much Ado is filled with some of the most brilliant comedic repartee ever written. See why many call Much Ado the precursor to the screwball comedy.

The Critics Rave!

“[Director] Boyd offers her audiences an IMPECCABLE realization of Shakespeare’s delicious cocktail of romance, intrigue and the battle of the sexes…A PERFECT THEATRICAL OUTING, accessible to everyone.” ~Berkshire Bright Focus (Read the full review)

“…FUNNY AND TIMELY and touchingly human…as close to FLAWLESS as a night at the theater can be…hot damn! IT’S DELICIOUS.” ~Berkshire On Stage (Read the full review)

ENTERTAINING, FAST-PACED….CLASSY AND CLEVER slapstick serves to further the hilarity of the play…The scenes where Egolf and Innvar creep around the stage in order to ascertain what each other really thinks are marvelous for their physicality and utter goofiness… an homage to the 30’s screwball comedies” ~CurtainUp (Read the full review)

DIVINE AND SUBLIME…it enchants and delights sets a new benchmark for the Bard in the Berkshires ” ~Berkshire Fine Arts (Read the full review)

FUNNY, INVENTIVE…Boyd is fielding a uniquely FRESH AND BREEZY Shakespeare that couldn’t be more perfect for summer theatre-goers…about as accessible as Shakespeare ever gets…Winning the audience vote at the curtain call is John Cariani in the ever-popular role of Dogberry, the Constable. It is doubtful if Shakespeare ever wrote a funnier part, nor any actor ever topped the insane performance delivered by Cariani.” ~Broadway World (Read the full review)

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Scott Aiello
Jane Bernhard
David Bishins
Emily Taplin Boyd
John Cariani
Ben Cole
Jenifer Dillow
Mark H. Dold
Gretchen Egolf
Christopher Innvar
Philip Kerr
Michael Kushner
John Pasha
Christina Pumariega
Kyle Scanlon
David Ryan Smith
Gordon Stanley
Chloe Tiso
Babak Tafti
Kim Wong

Creative Team

Julianne Boyd
Jeremy Robin Lyons
Michael Anania
Sara Jean Tosetti
Philip S. Rosenberg
Will Pickens
Andrew Gerle
Cassie Abate
Claudia Hill-Sparks
Renee Lutz
Pat McCorkle, CSA

Much Ado About Nothing is sponsored by Cynthia and Randolph Nelson.