A Shakespeare in the Park staging worth 'Much Ado'

June 17, 2014 2:12 PM

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A Shakespeare in the Park staging worth 'Much Ado'

NEW YORK — It had been raining in spurts during a recent preview performance of the Public Theater's new Much Ado About Nothing (**** out of four stars) at Central Park's Delacorte Theater, so that by the time Beatrice and Benedick finally confronted their feelings for each other in the second act, the stage was, frankly, drenched.

Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, perfectly cast in those respective roles in Jack O'Brien's splendid production — which opened Monday, kicking off this year's Shakespeare in the Park series — didn't miss a beat. Or rather, they added a couple: Rabe, before sitting on the wet surface, expressed wry he...

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