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“Much Ado About Nothing”

McCarter Theatre Center
Ranked #6 of 53 things to do in Princeton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

This production of Much Ado About Nothing (Nov. 16, 2013) far one of the worst plays I've ever seen. The stage was covered in fake flowers, which were frequently ripped up and caused the actors to trip. None of the art direction made sense, it tried to be modern but it mixed modern/traditional; flowers and then chandeliers were on the same stage. Pop music, frat references and modern clothes were all used, but it was not done well - it felt jarred and out of place. I frequently felt pulled out of the 'immersion' that you would expect in the play. There were sex dolls in serious scenes - huh? At the end the actors were slow dancing and happy pop music was playing - it didn't make any sense.

The acting was poor and it sounded like many of the actors were reading their lines or did not truly understand what they meant. I did not feel sympathy for any of the actors in the sad scenes. As someone who has read the play a couple times, I could tell they made frequent mistakes, used American phrases and words in mix with the Shakespeare. It showed with the audiene - the audience didn't give them a standing ovation or the humorous response they wanted. I've seen some OK plays at McCarter but this one makes me not want to go back.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We saw our first show at the McCarter Theater Center. i was impressed by this venue. it is located very close to the Princeton Train Station and to Bus service. There is parking nearby, even with the current construction projects. The restrooms are nice though down a flight of steps. There are handicapped restrooms on the main level but so many non handicapped people were using them that their purpose was compromised. There is a very nice lobby space. There are several areas with seating for before theater drinks and snacks. The auditorium itself had very comfortable seats with adequate seat width and good spacing between rows. The sight lines seemed very good. The stage itself seemd reasonably large with good wing and fly space. There was even a stage elevator or at least traps in the floor to allow props and sets to move up and down. We very much enjoyed the show we came to see (White Snake) and were imperssed by the venue.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Be forewarned. We arrived at the show four minutes late and they refused to honor our tickets, which were in the fifth row orchestra, claiming that seating us would be a distraction to other patrons . Instead they offered to sit us in the last three rows of the theater or up in the balcony.

Clearly this is an organization not aligned with families with children. What may I ask would happen to those who arrive on time but then later in the show need to use the restroom? Do you forfeit your seat?

Who in the works has ever seen thus kind of policy? Mccarter theater has seen the last of us.

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Built as a original home of The Princeton Triangle Club, McCarter offers an outstanding variety of art for the surrounding community,

Thank WCLinda
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Emily Mann has built a powerhouse theater in Princeton. We particularly love dramas and every season the McCarter delivers. Saw "Proof" last night and the cast, directing, and design were exceptional. Coming from Bucks County, PA we can get to the theater in about 45 minutes. The quality is as good as Broadway (last year's Tony award for Best Play went a show that we saw premiere at the McCarter first), no NYC hassles or costs, and Princeton is a lovely town for a stroll or dinner beforehand. Win, win, win!

Thank Neil S
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