by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS SHAKESPEARE THEATRE: 'MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING'
7:30 p.m. Outdoors, The Village at Hendrix. Pay what you can.
It's June now, which means, among other things, that Shakespeare lovers in Arkansas are in for a treat: The return of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, which brings in dozens of professional actors and other stage talents to produce several of The Bard's works, as well as another play.
This year, AST brings us "Much Ado About Nothing," "King Lear," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Oliver!", the musical based on the Dickens novel "Oliver Twist." The festival takes place at The Village at Hendrix, Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas and at an outdoor spot in the Argenta Arts District.
Things kick off this year on Thursday at The Village (east of Hendrix College's main campus) with "Much Ado About Nothing," which will be performed June 6-8 and June 14 and 16. It will be performed June 21-22 in Argenta. All performances of this play are pay-what-you-can. "Oliver!" opens Wednesday at Reynolds, and runs June 13, 15, 25 and 28.