Much Ado About Nothing

You must get to the Delacorte this summer to see the Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado about Nothing. Director Jack O’Brien finds tons of humor is one of Shakespeare’s great comedies, and the cast, led by the terrific pair of Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater (who’ve sparred well together in the past, as in Seminar), is top notch. Rabe and Linklater, as Beatrice and Benedick, spark as they engage in a battle of wits, and both excel at the physical comedy that’s asked of them (especially Linklater). John Lee Beatty’s scenic design will make you feel like you’re in a villa in the Italian countryside, and being out under the stars in the middle of Central Park ain’t too shabby. It’s a great start to another season of Shakespeare in the Park! (King Lear starring John Lithgow is next. Get in line now.)

Bonus: the talented cast also includes John Glover (Death ofa Salesman); Pedro Pascal (Graceland, Game of Thrones); Steel Burkhardt (Hair); Brian Stokes Mitchell (Women on the Verge..); John Pankow (Mad About You); and more!