Much Ado About Nothing
Nothing? Noting? Noticing? What's all the to-do about? It seems trivial at first, but this rich work from Shakespeare takes a dark turn before resolving in the marriage that finishes all the comedies. Or does it resolve? What is this play highlighting about the power given to men versus that available to women? How about the rights and privileges of royalty in the form of Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon? What about justice for (or against) his bastard brother, Don John? Or the triumph of the lowly working class through Dogberry and his comrades-in-arms? What about the power of social perception, honor, and the wearing of masks (both literal and figurative)? Then there are the lies, and the harm (or help) those lies offer. It's an amazing whirlwind of intrigue, power, and love.