by Tulis McCall

Am I the only one who gets all of Shakespeare’s comedies mixed up?  Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Comedy of Errors – come on!!  Which is which?  Which one has the twins?  Which one has the cross dressers?  Which one has the Sir Belch guy?  The tragedies are easy:  Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet.  No brain surgery required there.  But the comedies – fuggetaboutit.

Well, my friends, all that has changed with the fabulous production of Much Ado About Nothing, opening the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park, directed by Kenny Leon and featuring a spectacular cast with nary a white person to be found.

Read my full review HERE

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – by William Shakespeare, Directed by Kenny Leon, Choreography by Camille A. Brown

WITH Jamar Brathwaite(Ensemble), Danielle Brooks (Beatrice), Grantham Coleman (Benedick), Chuck Cooper (Leonato), Javen K. Crosby (Ensemble), Denzel DeAngelo Fields (Ensemble), Jeremie Harris(Claudio), Tayler Harris (Ensemble), Erik Laray Harvey (Antonio/Verges), Kai Heath (Messenger), Daniel Croix Henderson (Balthasar), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Friar Francis/Sexton), Tiffany Denise Hobbs (Ursula), Lateefah Holder (Dogberry), LaWanda Hopkins (Dancer), Billy Eugene Jones (Don Pedro), Margaret Odette (Hero), HubertPoint-Du Jour (Don John), William Roberson (Ensemble), Jaime Lincoln Smith (Borachio), Jazmine Stewart (Ensemble), Khiry Walker (Conrade/Ensemble), Olivia Washington (Margaret), and Latra A. Wilson (Dancer)

Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Emilio Sosa; lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski; sound design by Jessica Paz; music composition by Jason Michael

June 4, 2019− The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) presents Free Shakespeare in the Park production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGon at the Delacorte Theater, through Sunday, June 23.
To allow as many New Yorkers as possible the opportunity to experience Free Shakespeare in the Park there will be an open caption performance of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGon Friday, June 14; an ASL performance on Saturday, June 15; and an ADA audio described performance on Thursday, June 13.
Tickets to The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park are distributed in a number of ways. On the day of each public performance, free tickets may be acquired in person at The Delacorte Theater, through a digital lottery via the TodayTix website or mobile app, in person at a borough distribution site, and via an in person lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. All tickets are subject to availability.A performance calendar and complete ticket distribution details can be found at limited number of tickets are also available via advance reservation by making a contribution in support of Free Shakespeare in the Park.To learn more, or to make a contribution, call 212.967.7555, or visit Running Time 2 hours and 20 minutes.