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  Much Ado About Nothing at Synetic Theater

Much Ado About Nothing

Synetic Theater
1800 S. Bell Street Arlington

The genius of Shakespeare comes across loud and clear -- without a single spoken line -- in a new wordless production of Much Ado About Nothing. Equally obvious is the talent and vigor of the production's staging company, Synetic Theater, which first arrived on the scene with the widely praised wordless Hamlet (Hamlet ... the rest is silence) in 2002. Now the company once again tells one of Shakespeare's finest tales completely through movement, setting their version of Much Ado amid the glitz and glamour of 1950s Las Vegas. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and the unwed Beatrice will spar, court and conspire in this lively interpretation directed by Synetic's founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili.

Thru - Mar 22, 2015

Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm

Price: $30 - $75

Running Time: 2 hours; one intermission

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...Of course, in this "Much Ado," most of the gambling is for love, not money. The expressive Tsikurishvili and Cunis bring piquancy and humor to Beatrice and Benedick's drawn-out emotional wager. At one point, the two antagonists play a game of strip poker that leaves Benedick standing awkwardly in his boxers; you can see the heatedness of the match - and Beatrice's relish at her win - in the definition and momentum of the actors' gestures."
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Celia Wren

MetroWeekly - Recommended

"...It is, without doubt, a bold take on Shakespeare. Delivering the ins-and-outs of the plot requires a careful balance between the exciting dance and enough mime to advance the plot. Although there are a few moments when the mime threatens to put a damper on the pace, overall, director Tsikurishvili makes it sing. The bottom line is, taken as a Shakespearean concept piece, this is bold stuff. Taken as pure entertainment, it beats the band."

Kate Wingfield

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"..."Synetic" is a word that has come to mean more, at least in the parlance of DC theatre, than the Crystal City-based company which it names. It has come to mean a theatre that is physical, sexy, dramatic, flashy, and, well... theatrical. So it is more than fitting that Synetic Theater's latest venture, their eleventh "Wordless Shakespeare" installment, is a Much Ado About Nothing set in 1950s Las Vegas. Directed by co-founder Paata Tsikurishvili, and starring co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili, Much Ado About Nothing is a wordless re-telling of Shakespeare's classic sex comedy, set in a Las Vegas casino populated by bikers, showgirls, and wize guy casino magnates. And although the show could use a bit of trimming and a shot of adrenaline, Much Ado satisfies and dazzles in a way that only Synetic can."
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Michael Poandl

MD Theatre Guide - Recommended

"...The cast comes alive onstage, and I doubt no one watching it can fail to be infected by that kind of unbridled joy. It is remarkable what this comparatively small company is capable of, and being a part of it is an unforgettable experience."
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Julieanna Novak

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

You are here: Home / All Reviews / Our Reviews / Syneticís 50ís biker musical Much Ado About Nothing Syneticís 50ís biker musical Much Ado About Nothing February 25, 2015 by Rosalind Lacy 1 Comment (Edit) Remember Eisenstaedtís iconic victory photo, ďThe KissĒ? Taken in 1945, a sailor in white cap kisses a girl in white, a nurse, as she bends over backwards like a hairpin. You see the image in a flash as staged by two actors in the midst of Syneticís frenetic opening scene. Itís a brilliant bit because it places us in a celebratory eraĖ post WWII. Ben Cunis as Benedick. Irina Tsikurishvili as Beatrice. (Photo by Koko Lanham) Ben Cunis as Benedick. Irina Tsikurishvili as Beatrice. (Photo by Koko Lanham) In Syneticís physical theater version of Much Ado About Nothing, inventively directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, we donít have spoken asides, where the characters confide their real feelings to the audience. Nor do we need any words at all. We are thrust into a celebratory era, the 1950s. At the rim of the proscenium, sailors in Navy uniforms don leather jackets with the lettering Syneticons on back. Warriors have become bikers, with greased back hair, in a street gang, hanging out. Tough guy casino owner, Uncle Leonato, played with genial flamboyance by Peter Pereyra, keeps a lid on his Las Vegas casino where dancers in ballerina skirts are jitterbugging, swing dancing and twisting. Kudos to those lively, scantily-clad chorus girls, costumed in designer Kendra Raiís bizarre, black-feathery head gear. Skip ahead a scene, and the bikers wheel in on real motor bikes, headlights shining, as if they were James Dean or Marlon Brando. Itís an invasion of ganglandís unruly side. Irina Tsikurishvili, a nine-time Helen Hayes choreography award winner, has created ingenious dance routines, replete with understated sexuality, that push the envelope, and go light years further than any previous Synetic production. She breaks boundaries, veering on the edge of chaos. Itís as if she is trying to see how far she dare go with her well-trained dancers who she has execute acrobatics, cartwheels, pratfalls and well-timed slapstick comedy. Near a climactic point, the bikers pick up their bikes and twirl them like batons.
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Rosalind Lacy

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