14 July 2008

Funk It Up about Nothin'

This hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing could have been awful, but instead is so creative and energetic and full of good spirits that it's wonderful instead: As the show opens, Don Pedro and crew are returning from a rapping competition; as his evil plans unfold Don John rubs his hands together and snarls "Gon' funk it UP!"; Borrachio accomplishes his deception with a blow-up doll.

Like I said, could have been awful. Instead: terrific.

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