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'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Theatricum Botanicum is crowd-pleaser
'Much Ado About Nothing' at the Theatricum Botanicum is crowd-pleaser

An evening under the stars at the Theatricum Botanicum rarely disappoints. No exception to that general rule, “Much Ado About Nothing,” playing in repertory in the theater’s sylvan Topanga setting, is light of heart and deft of foot. Although they occasionally overdo the slapstick, co-directors Ellen Geer and Willow Geer have undoubtedly crafted a real crowd-pleaser. Even an owl on a nearby hillside hooted its approbation. The story deals primarily with the unlikely romance between Beatrice (Susan Angelo) and Benedick (Robertson Dean), high-born marriage-haters who persistently skewer each other with their rapier wit. The two are brought together by comical...

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