Theatre Intime’s interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing opened to the sound of swing jazz. It was great to see the creative work of fellow Lemons and enjoy a classic story reimagined in a post-World War I setting.
While not typically a Shakespeare fan, I found the more modern setting, twenties-era clothes, and jazz music made the play feel fresh. Moreover, the actors’ delivery and use of physical space throughout the production were hilarious. During the play, members of the city watch jumped with glee upon catching two lawbreakers, and a soldier and a young patrician took turns hiding under a park bench. At other times, actors danced, squared up to fight, and played croquet in a Heathers-esque gossip scene.
This was the first show I’ve seen at Theatre Intime, and I was very impressed with everything students organized to support the production, especially stunning promotional art. I look forward to returning to see their next show.