“Much Ado About Nothing,” one of Shakespeare’s strangest plays, opens at the University of Texas-Pan American on April 21-25.
One of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedies, it is rarely seen on U.S stages. This version has been changed here to take place in Monterrey, Mexico. It worked well when this reviewer saw near two hours of rehearsals.
Shakespeare cannot sue for changing the scene, because he has been dead since 1616.
Give Dr. Jack Carroll, the director, credit for moving the play’s mythical site to Mexico, although the dialog remains in English.
The cast of 20 relishes reviving a play that makes you laugh, sad, happy and wondering what comes next. It feels like bizzare real life. They play it to the hilt, funny and grim. The collegiate cast deserves much applause.
For ticket information, phone the box office at UTPA in Edinburg, 956-381-3581 for ticket information. The dates are April 21 through 24 at 8 p.m., then a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Jeffers Theatre in the Communication Building on the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road.
The cast: Rick Rosales, Leonato, the governor of Nuevo Leon; Katherine Schroeder, his sister Dona Antonia; Amanda Chapa, Hero, his daughter; Alexandra Holbrook, Beatriz his niece; Pedro Cardenas, Antonia’s son Pedro; Meagan Hofstetter, Margarita, servant; Patricia Moreno, Ursula, servant.
Soldiers in the Mexican Army: Jorge Chapa, Brigadier General Don Pedro; Rick Mireles, Baltazar, attache; H. Joseph Perez, Jonathan Dimas, and Jonathan Torres, all lieutenants; Luis Moreno, Boracho, and Joel J. Garza, Conrado, both atttaches.
Local Police: John Flores, Charlie Palacios, Daniel Maldonado, Robert de Hoyos, Daniel Lopez.
From the Church, Miguel Salazar as Padre Francisco.
All of them contributed to the wild, and one of Shakespeare’s most complicated, works. At least 38 of Shakespeare’s plays have been produced on the stage and one was lost.