Much Ado About Nothing

Bollywood Style! This was a fun production of one of my favourite Shakespearean comedies.  I am always interested in seeing the many ways in which the plays can be interpreted and how the meanings still come through. So how could we miss this one?

I enjoyed the cast and the changes needed to bring the play into Brampton in 2015. (As an aside, Tarragon should issue a special invitation to Brampton’s biggest booster, former Premier Bill Davis. He would love it.)

The play always has lots of amusing bits and this production was no exception. I especially loved the two police with their Newfoundland accents. The police are always out of place in the play anyway, but not usually this far out. Anand Rajaram as Head Constable Dan Singh is definitely some one to watch for, as is John Cleland as Constable Verges.

I also enjoyed the performances of Ellora Parnaik as Auntie and David Adams as Mayor Ranjit.

The dancing was colourful but not energetic enough to really capture the Bollywood feel.

But if you like Shakespeare and want something different, go see it.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Much Ado About Nothing

  1. keithhpotter says:

    I agree with Cathy that the updating to Brampton worked; and setting this story about arranged marriages and honour in a culture that is still dealing with these situations worked well.
    I also agree that Dogberry, sorry Dan Singh, was great.
    However, what is also interesting in Cathy’s review is what is missing. A review of Much Ado without mentioning Benedick and Beatrice? The problem is the interaction between Alon Nashman’s Benedict (Benedick) and Anusree Roy’s Thara (Beatrice) just didn’t spark. Part of the problem was the comedy was too broad, they need to be witty, they are not the Night Watch. The version at Stratford was much more on key. Despite Deborah Hay’s very funny slide on the stairs, her interaction with Ben Carlson was all about wit (and help overcome the weird Brazilian set). Nashman was better in the second act, which has a much more dramatic Benedict, but the relation with Thara just did not click for me.
    Interesting, but not memorable.

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