Then there is the something that turns out to be nothing. After proposing marriage to Hero (Laurie Keith), Claudio (Patrick Leveque) believes a rumor that Hero has been unfaithful to him. The rumor is untrue, but until proven to be nothing, it stirs a lot of trouble to include one of the only potentially tragic scenes in this fun filled comedy. The trouble comes when Beatrice and Benedick are finally able to admit their love for each other. Benedick tells Beatrice to command anything of him to prove his love for her. So upset by Claudio’s accusations toward Hero, Beatrice commands Benedick to kill Claudio. This dissonant cord echoes hints that Beatrice may bear a dual nature, which under the wrong circumstances could turn her into a Lady Macbeth. But Benedick shrinks from her command and diffuses the situation by confessing honestly that this he cannot do. Tragedy is averted and all ends happily as a comedy should.
The entire cast delivers top performances including a local militia group that bungles their way through low comedy into resolving all the ado about nothing.
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