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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shakespeare in Clark Park-Much Ado About Nothing

A Review by Sojourner Ahebee
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps."

- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Yesterday evening, my mom and I braved the heat and headed out to Clack Park , in University City to see an open-air performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. What I loved most about Saturday’s event was the ambiance created by the venue, the audience and, of course, the performance of the actors.

Shakespeare in Clark Park annually presents a play of Shakespeare’s in the summer for free. Audience members come with lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and a huge sense of community. All ages and ethnicities are represented and it’s just plain fun to people watch. There are vendors and kids playing and just a very jovial atmosphere. That’s not to say that the intrigues between Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero aren’t just as compelling. In fact, I believe the best way to experience Shakespeare is not reading his work in a classroom, but acting it out and seeing it performed, especially live. You can have this opportunity tonight.

Directed by Alex Torra, tonight’s performance, Sunday, July 24th , is the last for this season. Come out tonight and enjoy and remember-it’s free.

Shakespeare in Clark Park Presents

Much Ado About Nothing

7:00 P.M.

Clark Park

43rd and Chester Streets

Philadelphia, PA


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