‘Much Ado About Nothing’
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Photos: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Helen Hunt stars as Beatrice in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles staging of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Geoffrey Lower’s Don Pedro tries to woo Grace Gummer’s Hero for his friend Claudio. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Chris Butler’s Boracio and Stephen Root’s Don John plot to destroy Hero’s reputation. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Sparks fly between Helen Hunt’s Beatrice and Tom Irwin’s Benedick. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Jared Sakren as Verges, left, and David Ogden Stiers as Dogberry. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Geoffrey Lower and Helen Hunt. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Front row, Greta Jung, left, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Grace Gummer and Helen Hunt. Back row, Fred Sanders, left, and Tom Irwin. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Ramon De Ocampo as Claudio, left, and Dakin Matthews as Leonato. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Don’t expect to see any Elizabethan costumes. “Everybody jokes that we should have a sign that has a pair of tights and a red circle with a line through it,” director Ben Donenberg says. “We want to reflect Los Angeles. I’ve always tried to create a closeness between the audience and the plays.” (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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