Analysis Of Much Ado About Nothing

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Adapting a William Shakespeare play can prove to be a challenge, as so many have done so, making it difficult to stand apart. Accordingly, Plymouth State University added a modern twist to the play Much Ado About Nothing, and, despite certain missteps, I considered it successful. Furthermore, director Jessie Chapman not only changed the time period to a post-World War I setting, but included modern music as well. Accordingly, the costumes were changed to fit the era, including the soldiers’ uniforms. Despite consisting of one location, the set design was convincing, and the actors used it efficiently. Speaking of which, the majority of the cast lived up to the characters they portrayed, with several standouts. The lighting design had its own intricacies, with the color of the background light changing based on the time of day or when certain characters appear. The sound only played a role when the background music played, of which I question the choices for music. Although the play plodded during certain scenes, other scenes, like that of Benedick and Beatrice eavesdropping on conversations, never ceased to entertain. Ultimately, the play served as a worthy adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic story.

In Much Ado About Nothing, Don Pedro and his company returns from the First World War as a guest of Leanata, the governor of Messina, Italy. The don’s army emerged victorious over his traitorous half-brother Don John, who accompanies Pedro and his men. Upon their
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