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Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623. Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. Like As You Like It and Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths. The character of Benedick has been played by such actors as Henry Irving, Kenneth Branagh, and David Tennant.

Much Ado About Nothing chronicles two pairs of lovers: Benedick and Beatrice (the main couple), and Claudio and Hero (the secondary couple). At the start of the play, Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a very "merry war"; they are both very witty and proclaim their disdain of love. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Although the young lovers Hero and Claudio provide much of the impetus for the plot, the courtship between the wittier, wiser lovers Benedick and Beatrice is what makes Much Ado About Nothing so memorable. Benedick and Beatrice argue with delightful wit, and Shakespeare develops their journey from antagonism to sincere love and affection with a rich sense of humor and compassion. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Much_Ado_About_Nothing

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  • Katie

    Done, thank you both! :)

    March 28, 2014

  • Susan Clare A.

    Yep, that works

    March 28, 2014

  • Jay B.

    If we did 6 PM on Sat 5 Apr and if that works for everybody, then I am good with Sat, 4/5/14.

    March 28, 2014

    • Katie

      I could do 6, my mom is in too. How about you Susan?

      March 28, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Let me check...I have something for that evening, but I am not sure it has been confirmed. I will let you know later tonight (Fri).

    March 28, 2014

  • Katie

    Money is unexpectedly tight this month. Would it be ok to reschedule this meeting for same time and place, but next Saturday (April 5th 2014)?

    March 28, 2014

  • Katie

    In case you need a copy... http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1118

    February 23, 2014

    • Katie

      This version is better for readability in case you still need a copy: http://covers.feedboo...­

      March 6, 2014

    • Katie

      Sorry one other note - if you can rent/stream/borrow the 1993 performance with I love the movie circa 1993 (I think) and it follows the play very well. Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves (actually does a good job as a villain), and Michael Keaton (absolutely classic performance as a creepy dirty soldier/jailer). It follows the play and really breathes life into it. Plays are meant to be watched more ran read in most cases. This is a good example of one.

      March 6, 2014

  • Katie

    +1 my mom will be joining :)

    March 6, 2014

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