From the Cornerstone University Theatre website:
Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.
As the play begins, Leonato, a nobleman living in the idyllic Italian town of Messina, prepares to welcome friends home from a war. When the soldiers arrive at Leonato’s home, Claudio quickly falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. Meanwhile, a witty war of insults in resumed between Benedick and Beatrice (Leonato’s niece). Claudio and Hero become engaged and in the week before their wedding, friends pass the time with a series of tricks set up to make Beatrice and Benedick stop arguing and fall in love.
The villain of the play, Don John, sets out to disrupt everyone’s happiness. He sets a trap for Claudio, convincing him that Hero has been unfaithful. The enraged Claudio humiliates Hero by abandoning her at the altar. Friends of Hero hide her away and convince Claudio that she has died of shock and grief. Leonato tells Claudio that as his punishment, he must declare Hero’s innocence and marry Leonato’s niece. Claudio prepares to marry the mysterious, masked woman he thinks is Hero’s cousin. When Hero reveals herself as the masked woman, Claudio is overwhelmed with joy. Benedick asks Beatrice to marry him; after some arguing she agrees. The joyful lovers all have a merry dance before they celebrate their double wedding.
Last show! Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
$8 General Public | $5 CU Community (current students, staff and faculty)
Matthews Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
3000 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, Mich.