Much Ado About Nothing
“Marin Shakespeare Company’s “Much Ado About Nothing” gives the audience much to laugh about. It features a long time company performer, Darren Bridgett as the witty and confident Benedick. For me, Bridgett nearly steals the show with his playful skills on stage. Director Robert Currier was kind enough to lend Bridgett some freedom on stage….
The music was a great treat. Sound designer, Billie Cox, composed original scores for the song pieces….Linnea George as Ursula plays the violin. Terry Rucker as Friar plays guitar. Mick Berry as Conrade beats out on the drum and dulcimer. As Claudio, actor Christopher Maikish earned rave applause as he sang a very bluesy song when his character pines over the loss of Hero. Not only does he have a wonderful voice, his emotions strike the right chords in us. It stood out as one of the most unforgettable moments in the play….
Other cast members contribute to the production’s comic quality. As the evil Don John, Ryan Schmidt, also has fun with his villainous role. He portrays the bastard’s dark side, yet at times, an antic side as well. Michael Ray Wisely as the Dogberry delivers a hilarious depiction of a cop who takes himself too seriously. He matches his motley crew of Verges played by Michael A. Berg and others. Their inept buffoonery resembles the Keystone Cops….Overall, the laughter and enjoyment of the audience had marked the evening at MSC’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Maria Vrobel – Listen and Be Heard
“There are many ways to make Shakespeare’s plays palatable for diverse audiences thus encouraging the reluctant to attend performances. September’s balmy Bay Area weather, especially in Marin, is an added incentive to plan an outing for Marin Shakes final offering of the season that is designed to keep you laughing….
The scene where superb actor Darren Bridgett, hitting soft golf balls dressed in a golfer’s outfit before climbing over the wooden benches was gobbled up by the audience. Later, Bridgett displaying his athletic ability as he climbs a very sturdy arched trellis ending up hanging by one foot brings a volley of gasps. Throw in on-stage music provided by Linnea George on violin, Terry Rucker on guitar and Mick Berry drums/dulcimer and encourage audience participation to increase the fun.”
TheatreWorld Internet Magazine