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Much Ado About Nothing

07/11/19 - 07/28/19 • The Vault Theater & Event Space

by William Shakespeare

adapted by Gordon Barr

Although best-known for the “merry war” of wits between central lovers Benedick and Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing offers a grand celebration of love and relationships in their many and varied forms, resulting in one of the most well-loved of all Shakespearean romantic comedies. Coming to Hillsboro from Glasgow’s Bard in the Botanics, Gordon Barr’s take on the script turns Benedick and Beatrice into contemporary partners Benedick and Bertram, inviting us into the alternately witty and barbed banter of their relationship. Bag&Baggage’s production takes Barr’s concept one step further, exploring love and its many facets with a fluid approach to gender. While everyone plots to make Bertram and Benedick fall for each other, Don John, the misanthrope of the story, contrives a much more malicious plan, sobering what otherwise might simply be a romp of repartee and romance. Still, the lovers win out, Don John is exposed (through some hilarious and haphazard detective work), and everyone finds a way to live happily ever after, reminding us that love is love is love is love.