The Most Ado: A Party Play | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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If impressionism was the birth of light—per the French artist Robert Delaunay—then Nothing Special Productions' remount of The Most Ado: A Party Play at Theater Wit might just be the death of it. Director Mikey Laird's bawdy adaptation of the Bard's original premiered at the Den and, within that intimate space, the party steadily raged. But this time, lackluster lighting design and a too-large black box hinder both direction and acoustics. During Benedick's "hiding in the arbor" scene, for instance, the lighting gives equal weight to the band, the other actors, and a bored-looking woman seated onstage. And while most of the original cast has returned, Dennis Davies, who now plays Dogberry, cramps up that character's natural likability with a bizarre Buffalo Bill affectation, bringing new meaning to the line "I am an ass." —Chloe Riley

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