Much Ado About Nothing

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Christopher Prentice really pulls it off as Beatrice. … He doesn’t play at being a woman. He plays the woman, exploring her emotions and intelligence brilliantly.

The Pantagraph

Messina’s soldiers have returned from victory abroad to discover new battles at home! Sworn bachelor Benedick and his fiery counterpart Beatrice engage in a war of words and wit while their friends watch their attraction grow stronger with every skirmish. Meanwhile, Claudio plans to wed his true love Hero, unaware of the villainous Don John’s desire to foil his plans.

Will these battles end in victory? This exciting production had the answers – and a whole lot more – featuring the same actors who played these parts in Elizabeth Rex.

In this Original Practices production, Chris starred as one of Shakespeare’s sharpest-tongued women, Beatrice.

CreditsPress & Reviews

Cast

Christopher Prentice
Beatrice
Matt Daniels
Benedick
Thomas Anthony Quinn
Leonato
Todd Denning
Don Pedro
Norman Moses
Dobgerry/Balthasar
Fredric Stone
Friar Francis
Michael Pine
Claudio
Colin Lawrence
Hero
Phillip Ray Guevara
Don John
Jack Dwyer
Margaret
Colin Trevino-Odell
Ursula
Timuchin Aker
Verges
Wigasi Brant
Hugh Oatcake
Ron Román
Borachio
Joey Banks
Conrade
Robert Michael Johnson
Sexton

Creative

Jonathan West
Director
Lauren M. Lowell
Costume Design
Kristin Ellert
Scenic Design
Sarah EC Maines
Lighting Design
Shannon Marie O’Neill
Music
Jean Kerr
Choreography
Jamie K. Fuller
Stage Manager

Christopher Prentice really pulls it off as Beatrice. At first, one is distracted by the fact that Beatrice has such a strong chin line, but that’s soon forgotten because of Prentice’s skill as an actor. He doesn’t play at being a woman. He plays the woman, exploring her emotions and intelligence brilliantly. — The Pantagraph

The two men who played Beatrice and Hero were a wonderful demonstration of how great acting removes any gender stereotype from Shakespeare. — OnMilwaukee.com

Christopher Prentice as Beatrice gives the best performance of the production. — Shaltz Shakespeare Reviews

  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • By William Shakespeare
  • Directed by Jonathan West
  • With Christopher Prentice, Matt Daniels, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Todd Denning, and Norman Moses
  • Illinois Shakespeare Festival
  • 2014