West Windsor, N.J. – Combining moments of hilarity with serious meditations on love and truth, Shakespeare ’70 will perform “Much Ado About Nothing” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this popular Shakespearean comedy are: Fridays, June 13 and June 20 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 14 and June 21 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. A reception with the cast and crew will follow the opening night performance on June 13. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road
Set on the beautiful Italian island of Sicily, Shakespeare ’70 has fast forwarded the production to 1870, as Italy is becoming a unified country for the first time. According to the show’s assistant director, Janet Quartarone, the time period is the perfect backdrop for a story of men returning home from battle, a sweet, young couple thoroughly in love, and the reunion of another couple, Beatrice and Benedick, who would rather exchange scorching insults than sweet nothings. They'd have their friends believe they'll never marry -- but their friends think differently and plot to bring the two together. A villain with mischief on his mind, some lovely music set to Shakespeare's words, and the physical comedy of the local constables add to this rich story.