Much Ado About Nothing sees wild-haired Leonato open his home to Don Pedro and comrades Claudio and Benedict following their return from war. Claudio and Leonato’s daughter, Hero, go googly-eyed for each other instantly while Benedict and Hero’s cousin, Beatrice, reignite their fiery antagonism equally instantly. While Don John, his comrades, and Hero work to trick Benedict and Beatrice to falling for one another, the villainous, dressed-in-black, Don John (brother of Don Pedro) schemes to ruin Hero’s reputation and undo her pending nuptials to Claudio for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. DJ’s ploy works and after a public shaming by her betrothed, Hero melodramatically drops dead on the spot. In actuality she simply faints but Camp Leonato decides to let everybody think she has died while they work to prove that Claudio made much ado about nothing.
It’s your basic romcom, essentially. As such it requires you to buy into that same premise that Romeo & Juliet and 95% of non-modern fairy tales ask of you. That true love is hella powerful and you need to take it as a given that these folk may as well already have a long established relationship for as invested as they are in one another after what in reality is such a short time.
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