Theater & Performing Arts

Much Ado About Nothing

When: Sept. 22-Oct. 17 2010

The burnt reds and mustard yellows in Daniel Ostling's set seem appropriate both for the season and for the themes of Cal Shakes' latest offering, Much Ado About Nothing. It's a sweet, traditional production that, like all Shakespearian comedies, has sinister undertones -- in this case, betrayal, jealousy, battles of the sexes, and apprehension about finding a soulmate. Director Jonathan Mosconetook an interesting tack by casting veteran actors Andrew Murray and Domenique Lozanoas the testy couple Beatrice and Benedick. Handsome and middle-aged, they make a fine counterpoint to the much younger Hero and Claudio, played by Emily Kitchens and Nick Childress, respectively. Comic genius Danny Scheie doubles as villain Don John and bumbling constable Dogberry. He gainfully exploits every malapropism in the script. Through October 17 at BrunsAmpitheater (100 California Shakespeare Way, Orinda). $34-$70. 510.548.9666 or CalShakes.org.

Rachel Swan

Price: $20-$65

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