Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Much like the 1996 film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” the Montevallo Theatre Department took the Shakespeare classic “Much Ado About Nothing” to a more current time period. The director, Assistant Professor Michael Walker, set the classic in the Jazz Age of New Orleans. People who are not familiar with Shakespeare may find placing the setting in a different time period easier to understand. For those who are unfamiliar with the play, it is one of Shakespeare’s many classic comedies in which love interests get confused for one another. A mistaken affair is had along with a fake death, but ends in a beautiful explanation for all that had gone awry with love. This adaptation had an exceptional cast from impassioned lovers to evil princes with comedic reliefs from “Master of the Watch.” Amazing performances were given from Maliek Van Hoozer-Elliot as the character Benedick and Amber Hayes as the character Dogberry. Van Hoozer-Elliot performed with passion as if he had really felt his emotions towards Beatrice (Hannah Bell), and his sarcastic banter with her made the audience feel as if the “he picks on you because he likes you” stereotype came to life. Throughout the entire show, the audience is blown away with Hayes’ voice with her songs during the transitions between scenes. When we were finally introduced to her character Dogberry in the second act, her comedic...

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