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Chelsea McCarthy, Alexandra London-Thompson, and Emma Greer make light over a prostrate Randolph Tyler Adams. Photos by Ben Scott
Chelsea McCarthy (left), Alexandra London-Thompson, and Emma Greer make light over a prostrate Randolph Tyler Adams in their roles in Shakespeare's comedy. Photos by Ben Scott

"Much Ado About Nothing" al fresco

By Tony Omer - August 10, 2006

The Vineyard Playhouse production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Tisbury Amphitheater only runs for three more performances - tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 5 pm. It is a fun, spirited production. The play is a comedy and a farce and the production is likewise a bit farcical. It is a story that follows the travails of two pairs of lovers, one a love-hate relationship between two master jokesters, Beatrice and Benedick, expertly played by Alexandra London-Thompson and Peter Stray, respectively. The other entanglement, ostensibly the main storyline, is between Hero, played with a rousing finesse by Emma Greer, and a mercurial Claudio who is wonderfully carried by the Island's own John Robichau. The two lovers are torn apart by deceit and brought back...well I really shouldn't give the plot away.

Claudio, played by John Robichau, and Benedick (Peter Stray) make much ado about nothing at the Tisbury Amphitheater.
Claudio, played by John Robichau (left), and Benedick (Peter Stray) make much ado about nothing at the Tisbury Amphitheater.

The costumes are of no consistent period, ranging apparently from eastern-europeanish sailor suits to thrift store chic. The set is only the amphitheater grounds made lush by this year's plentiful rains. The accents bounce around between received English and an American Coney Island street brogue, with a healthy dose of pretty standard Midwestern American keeping it all together. It is a fun afternoon with some mighty good acting. Bring your own beach chair and food and drink. The aroma of your neighbors' picnics may be too much to take if you don't have your own.

"Much Ado About Nothing," Thursday, Aug. 10, Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, 5 pm, Tisbury Amphitheater. Vineyard Playhouse production. Bring a chair or blanket. Tickets $15 or $10 for children, cash only. For more information, call 508-696-6300 or visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org.